Wendy McConnell

Builder - Wendy McConnell
Wendy McConnell

Wendy and her husband Dan started the Huntsville Honeys in 1972. With a sparse team of 12 players, Wendy sought out other teams and games for the girls to play to hone their skills, and of course to secure ice time, uniforms etc. It was a real struggle for many years just to keep a team on the ice. However, over the years, the team became a force to be reckoned with, competing all over the Province and into Quebec and the US. Winning the OWHA championship title in 1982.

With a group of like minded people, Wendy formed the North Eastern Women’s Hockey League in the late 70’s early 80’s, comprised of teams from the area, including Midland, Eganville, Parry Sound, North Bay and Sudbury.

Wendy was asked to join the Ontario Women’s Hockey Associations Executive in its very early years, as women’s hockey was steadily growing. She sat on the committee that hosted the First Women’s World Hockey Tournament in 1987 in Mississauga, On. and performed many other tasks set out by the OWHA over the next 15-20 years.

1981 she spearheaded the fund-raising efforts for The Honeys to travel to Denmark and Sweden to play in some exhibition games, after the team had hosted the Women’s Danish National team here in Huntsville a year prior.

In 2015 Huntsville won the bid to host Hockey Canada’s U-18 Women’s National Championships. This event saw the best and brightest young female hockey talent come to our town. Wendy was asked to be the Chairwoman for the event.

Girls and women’s hockey is still strong in Huntsville today, thanks to the tireless efforts of Wendy, over some 30 years.