CWHL Announces Partnership With Grindstone Award Foundation

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is proud to announce their newest partnership with the Grindstone Award Foundation.

The Grindstone Award Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that supports female hockey players under the age of 19 who want to play hockey but are financially unable to do so. “We are thrilled to join forces with CWHL and its membership in the delivery of our Charity Clinics. As we establish the Grindstone initiatives coast to coast we hope to provide an experience, increase mentorship and help keep female athletes in need playing our great game,” said Dominique Di Rocco (General Manager, Grindstone Award Foundation).

In March of 2018, the CWHL and Toronto Furies held their first clinic in support of the Grindstone Award Foundation which saw great success. The clinic hosted over 45 participants ranging from ages eight to seventeen. Participants were able to interact with their hockey heroes while picking up some tips and tricks on how to improve their game. Both on and off the ice, clinic participants had the opportunity to learn first hand what it takes to become a professional hockey player and how important it is to be a part of a community.

Interim commissioner Jayna Hefford discussed the exciting new partnership. “The Grindstone Award Foundation is a great initiative that helps grow the game of hockey.  Everyone who wants to play hockey should be able to and these grants allow for that. This is a great opportunity for our players to give back to their communities and for participants to learn from our talented athletes.”

To celebrate the partnership, the CWHL and Grindstone have kicked off the season with three charity skills clinics in three of our current markets; Calgary, Toronto and Markham. Each clinic will provide the opportunity to hit the ice with a CWHL team and a unique fan experience.  Registered participants expect a one-hour skills session led by the CWHL team, a Q & A session, meet and greet autograph session, a CWHL locker room tour and a ticket to the game that same day.

Dates for the clinic are as follows:

Calgary Inferno – November 3-4 at the Winsport Arena in Calgary Alberta

Toronto Furies – November 17 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Markham Thunder – December 9 at the Thornhill Community Centre in Markham. ON.


To register for the clinics, please visit:

For more information on the Grindstone Award Foundation please visit:


About Grindstone Award Foundation

The Grindstone Award Foundation is a Registered Canadian Charity providing support to female hockey players who have a desire to play but are unable to for financial reasons. The Charity enables young female players under the age of 19 to participate and improve their skill development in the sport of hockey. Selection is based on financial need and desire, not on hockey ability. In 2018, the Charity awarded 30 grants to young female hockey players across Canada, tripling the 10 grants (2017) given out the previous year. If you would like to get involved or know sponsors who would like to help further our cause, please reach out. The Charity also aims to provide a platform of visibility and help create opportunities at every level to grow the sport of female hockey.

About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit


Coordinator, Community and Special Events

Sandy Petinakis | [email protected]


General Manager, Grindstone Award Foundation

Dominique Di Rocco | [email protected]