H-F Girls Hockey a Study of True Brit

Homewood-Flossmoor hockey director Brit Terry has doubled the number of participants in the park district's in-house league during her brief tenure on the job. One reason: She's turned girls on to hockey.

When Brit Terry took over as hockey director for the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, she also took up a cause near and dear to her heart.

Girls hockey.

Terry played ice hockey as a youngster growing up in Minnesota. She later was a defender on a club team at the University of Minnesota. And she worked on the Gopher Sports Marketing team and helped promote Gopher hockey.

She wanted to share her love for the game when she launched the H-F Pirates girls hockey team in 2008-09. She started with one team for 10-under girls. Now, she oversees two girls teams that play in the South Suburban Hockey League (U12 and U14). She also oversees a house-league hockey program that has grown from 66 players to 137 during her brief term on the job.

“When I played, I liked the fast pace of the game,” Terry said. “I liked the skill level it takes to play hockey. The most important thing is to be able to skate well. It’s unlike so many other sports. Take soccer. Everybody knows how to run from the start. But skating? That’s what makes hockey different.

“It’s a specialized sport. You need to be a good athlete. To have success, you have to have teamwork between all five skaters on the ice at any one team. You have to play together. That was the big draw for me.”

Terry has turned girls hockey into a big draw at the H-F park district, too.

“I’ve seen and worked with some of these girls now since they were 10,” she said. “When a lot of them started, they had never played any kind of organized hockey. Some of them had only skated on a pond. So, they’ve come a long way.

“These young women are smart. They’re good friends and they’ve matured into good hockey players. They’re great listeners and great people to be around. Their motivation differs—for some it’s a social outlet. For others, it’s the competition.”

The Pirates are more than holding their own on the rink nowadays even though they play most of their games against boys teams. In the South Suburban Hockey League, they are pitted against the St. Jude Knights (Southwest Ice Arena, Crestwood), the Kankakee Coyotes and Arctic Junior Fury (Orland Park).

Home games are played on weekends at the H-F Ice Arena.

“When we first started, the girls lost the majority of their games,” Terry said. “But they kept working. Many of them went to camps and clinics. Now, they’re one of the best teams at the Pee Wee level in the SSHL. It’s because they’ve worked so hard.”



Jamie November 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Brit is the best! She really knows how to run a program and is an inspiration to all the girls and Boys.
Sandy November 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Brit is amazing, inspiring girls of all ages! At the age of 50 I'm playing hockey thanks to Brit, and wishing I'd been able to start at 10! Girls rock hockey!
#14 November 22, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Brit is very good at what she does.We as parents respect and appreciate all of her hard work. Hockey:invented by boys, perfected by GIRLS. Go Pirates! Go Vikings! Thank You Brit.
Sam Koronkiewicz November 23, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Brit is an amazing coach. I've been on the team for 4 years and Brit has taught me so much. I am a better hockey player because of her. She inspires me to be the best i can be. She teaches us so many different skills that we use on the ice that we never even realized we use. Thank you Brit for everything you do. GO PIRATES!
maddie wilson February 23, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Brit is an amazing coach this is my second year playing for the Pirates and because of I have improved so much over those past to years. Thank you for everything Brit. Go u14 Pirates! ~#27


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »