An official dedication ceremony honouring Fran Rider, long-time community activist and advocate for girls’ and women’s hockey, will take place at Iceland Arena. The Olympic-sized rink, Rink 1, will be dedicated in recognition of Ms. Rider’s tireless efforts to grow and further the sport of women’s hockey.

What:              Dedication of Rink 1 at Iceland Arena in honour of Fran Rider

When:             Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dedication ceremony to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Where:            Iceland Arena – Rink 1

705 Matheson Blvd. E.

Mississauga, ON L4Z 3X9


Speakers:      Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca

Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish

Fran Rider

The dedication ceremony will take place during the 2017 World Girls Hockey Weekend Long Game. This fun “long game” will see female players ages 10 and up playing on either Team White or Team Red from coast to coast. Games will start in Newfoundland and finish in British Colombia. The games for Ontario are being hosted by the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) at Mississauga’s Iceland Arena.

Ms. Rider has been involved with girls and women’s hockey as a player and advocate since the age of 16. Some of her crowning achievements include the development of the OWHA in 1975, bringing the first official women’s International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship to Ottawa and helping introduce women’s hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Ms. Rider was inducted into Mississauga’s Legends Row in 2001 and in 2015 she was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada and inducted into the IIHF Hall Fame.