High-SchoolGirl: Girls' Hockey

Cammi GranatoBruce Bennett Studios/Getty ImagesCammi Granato, who grew up in Downers Grove, Ill., inspired the next generation of girls' hockey players.
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.

In 1990, just 6,000 girls were registered with USA Hockey. Today, there are more than 62,000.

Much of the credit goes to Cammi Granato, the No. 37 player in ESPN's countdown, who led the underdog United States to a 3-1 win over Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in women's ice hockey's debut at the Games. Granato ended up on a Wheaties box, wrote her first book and began broadcasting games for the NHL.

"She was the face of the sport when the game burst onto the international scene," says USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean. "There wasn't a lot of women's hockey in this country pre-Cammi. She can take credit for so much."

Read the complete story from espnW here.

Earlier in this series:
No. 40: Diver Fu Mingxia
No. 39: Jockey Julie Krone
No. 38: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton

How about a Sunday skate?

September, 30, 2011
Scrambling to find some fun weekend plans? Maybe in the mood try something new?

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Toby Talbot/APGirls are invited to hit the ice on Sunday to celebrate the first ever World Girls' Hockey Day.
Ever thought about hockey?

Sunday is the first-ever World Girls’ Hockey Day, and USA Hockey has joined with hockey federations around the world to celebrate the event, created by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow girls' youth hockey.

Females of all ages are invited to learn in a positive, fun and safe environment while finding out about hockey opportunities in their communities. The day also promotes fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and making new friends while playing hockey. Activities range from American Development Model (ADM) clinics, Mother/Daughter skates, Meet & Greet skates with teams and Try Hockey for Free opportunities. Several members of the U.S. Women's National Team Program will join in the celebration.

Seventy-six local hockey associations in 29 states will host an event on Sunday. Five colleges are also joining in the celebration: Harvard University is working with Waltham Youth Hockey Association for a Try Hockey for Free clinic; Northeastern University is working with the Middlesex Islanders; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will participate with the Troy Albany Ice Cats in Troy, N.Y.; St. Cloud State University is hosting an event at their home rink, the National Hockey Center; and Yale University is working with the Connecticut Polar Bears in Killingworth, Conn.

Click here to find an event in your area.

“World Girls' Hockey Day helps create awareness around an ever-growing segment of our sport," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It provides an opportunity to foster continued growth by inviting more girls and women to the rink."