Saturday, December 29, 2018
The Vancouver Griffins were the first women’s professional team to be based in Vancouver. The Griffins played in the National Women’s Hockey League, a league which ran from 1999 to 2007, but another league of the same name began operating in 2015.
During the Griffins inaugural season in 2000, they managed to attract some legitimate talent, when Julia Berg of the Norwegian National team became a Griffin. The Griffins, although only lasting three (3) seasons, had some important names in women’s hockey flow through Vancouver. BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Wilson was the head coach of the team, and Cammi Granato, a successful USA hockey player also played for the Griffins before the Griffins folded in 2003.
The Vancouver Griffins meant a great deal to women’s hockey, despite only lasting three (3) seasons, the Griffins helped pave the way for the future of women’s professional hockey.