Phoenix Summer Ice started in 2013 as an opportunity for WHAM skaters to continue skating over the summer and fall as a way to stay in shape. The original flyer title was “2013 Women’s B Level Phoenix Summer Pick Up Hockey.” Starting in 2015 we just referred to is as “Phoenix Summer Ice.” We wanted to become far more inclusive to individuals who were non-binary and we also welcomed Trans skaters to play with Phoenix Summer Ice.
Twin Cities Queer Hockey Association (TCQHA) is an inclusive space for all LGBTQIA people! It has transformed over the years of having a summer league called Phoenix Summer Ice. TCQHA was born from attending a Team Trans Friendship Series in Madison, WI. Where 45 Trans skaters played against other Queer folks and allies. While having conversations around the magic of having Queer hockey, TCQHA formed in the Twin Cities as the current hockey space did not exist for Queer folks. We realized that it’s time for EVERYONE to have a SAFE and Inclusive space to skate. It’s time to change the culture of hockey for all.
“Inclusion is not about making room in your existing system for marginalized people. Inclusion is about creating a new system where everyone feels safe and welcome. ~unknown”
Our goal at TCQHA is to create a safe and inclusive space for everyone to have fun and play hockey. We are excited to bring back Queer hockey to the Twin Cities and we hope that we grow large enough to have a full league where we get to exist as we are and play some competitive and fun hockey.