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EOJHL names Rebecca Dow director of hockey operations

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She is hoping to break down barriers in the game that she loves.

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The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League (EOJHL) announced on Wednesday that Rebecca Dow is its new director of hockey operations. Dow is the first woman to serve in that capacity or in any other high position with the Jr. B circuit.

“It is such an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful that I’m able to help break down these barriers in the game of hockey,” she stated in an EOJHL release. “My hope is that young girls and women will see the growing number of females in the game and it encourages them… to accomplish their goals in the hockey world despite being a female in male-dominant roles.”

Dow grew up playing in the Ottawa Sting program before joining girls hockey and the Ottawa Senators major bantam squad. She finished her junior career at the Ontario Hockey Academy, where she was captain. Dow then played one season with the Carleton Ravens.

“The EOJHL is extremely fortunate to have Rebecca join the league,” stated Marc Franche, who was named league commissioner last month. “Her unique hockey background and insight will greatly enhance the league’s profile.”

Dow indicated that she is excited and honoured to get the ball rolling and wants to “learn as much as possible” and see the 2021-2022 season start as soon as possible.

The news release was not accompanied by a photo of Dow.

The 16-team EOJHL includes the Westport Rideaus, Athens Aeros and Brockville Tikis. The 2020-2021 regular season and playoffs were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were limited to two series of developmental scrimmages, which were limited-contact games. Each series in the fall and winter was with a team relatively close geographically.

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