The Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association (CIHA) was formed with one goal in mind – to create a local hockey organization and social environment with a focus on LGBTQ equality in sport. Under this registered non-profit association, the Calgary Pioneers have been playing in Winsport’s WHCL recreation hockey league since 2015. The Villagers had their first season in 2017 and are now our beginner team under the CIHA umbrella.
We are “Pioneers” of LGBTQ hockey awareness in Alberta and our teams consist of players of all skill levels. We feature year-round official league play with the full support from the WHCL, as well as seasonal skill clinics and social ice times.
We are the hosts of the annual Western Cup Hockey Tournament, which attracts teams from across Canada to play in an LGBTQ friendly environment every spring.
Looking for a more friendly & inclusive hockey experience?
The Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association is looking to expand to an Adult Rec Inclusive Division in the WHCL (Winsport League) this Fall 2023. We’re looking for LGBTQ+ and any other players looking for a more community focused/supportive hockey experience.
Even if you’re just a beginner, we’re aiming to provide a more approachable/fun environment where players can feel more comfortable while they develop their skills.
If you’re interested, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.
The Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association recognizes that the cost to play hockey is often a significant barrier to people's ability to join a team.
Thanks to support from our community partners, the CIHA has implemented a scholarship policy to help offset the cost of hockey fees. Interested applicants are invited to apply for a subsidy of between 15% and 50% of their yearly hockey fees.
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