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Dawn Miller, a writer for The Hub: Sports + Music website, has recently conducted an interview with Mike Curti and written a wonderful article about Chicks with Sticks Hockey. The article was published on September 13th, and is titled "Chicks with Sticks Gets Minnesota Moms Out On the Ice".

Excerpt from the article:

"...How does a former hockey player and a father of four boys become the driving force behind Chicks with Sticks? Chicks with Sticks is a Minnesota based organization, which strives to get hockey moms out onto the ice. It is the brainchild of Mike Curti, who is an illustrator and graphic designer for USA Hockey among other things.

Chicks with Sticks has been going strong for over a decade. The seed was planted when Curti had conversations with moms in and around his sons’ teams, who lamented they never really had the opportunity to play hockey growing up like their male siblings. While women’s hockey has exploded in recent years, this was not the case back in the day, where girl’s leagues were few and far between..."

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE: "Chicks with Sticks Gets Minnesota Moms Out On the Ice".

Thursday, 23rd May 2013

CWS Beginner Team's 1st Scrimmage

After completing a beginner CWS clinic, a group of beginner-level skaters played their very first scrimmage as a team vs. Spice on Ice on on May 23rd, 2013 at New Hope Ice Arena. Everyone had such a blast, that a second scrimmage has already been scheduled for later in June. Let's hear it for the newest addition to the CWS family. Great job, ladies!

For his exceptional leadership and contrubution to the growth and development of women's hockey, coach Mike Curti was nominated and inducted into the WHAM Hall of Fame. His induction ceremony took place on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 11:30am at the Dakotah! Ice Center in Prior Lake, MN.

Excerpt from the WHAM nomination letter:

"For more than 10 years Mike Curti has provided various hockey opportunities for women through his Chicks with Sticks programs that introduce this great sport to women and girls of all ages and abilities. Curti’s participants range in age from 4 to over 60, and from beginners to high school and college players.

Mike Curti’s impact on WHAM is immeasurable. Through his clinics, he was instrumental in the creation of eight WHAM teams in the past six years. There are countless women in WHAM who have attended his clinics, leagues, and tournaments. Curti’s impact on their lives reflects his dedication and commitment to the sport of hockey and the founding principles of WHAM.

We, the undersigned, are proud to nominate Mike Curti, our coach, instructor, mentor, and friend for induction into the Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota Hall of Fame."

The letter included nearly 70 signatures from women on various WHAM teams and from others whose lives have been forever enriched by coach Curti's contibutions to women's hockey.

In Their Own Words

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It’s so much fun. This is my 1st time playing hockey. I’m 43. Anyone can do this.
- Julie M