Now, she’s raising the stakes again.
After successfully recruiting enough players for a league – “Quite a feat to do this on my own during a pandemic,” Rittinger noted – the plan now is to expand the league by adding a second division. That way, Rittinger explained, one division could be for the higher skilled players, while a second could be a less competitive circuit for beginners or those with less skill.
“This is the first older women’s league in Metro Vancouver,” she said. “There are 30+ leagues but that is still too young when players could be in their sixties.”
The league plays out of Langley’s Twin Rinks, added Rittinger.
While players must be at least 45 years old to play, Rittinger noted that because goaltenders are hard to come by, they can be any age.
Anyone interested in playing when the league begins in January must register by the end of October; for players who would like to play in the fall of 2022, deadline to sign up is February. To sign up, email Rittinger at firstname.lastname@example.org