The Washington Women’s Ice Hockey club was founded
in 1976 when a few enthusiastic women decided it was time to start a team.
With only 10 recruits in the whole Washington area, the new team was
The next year, the team found a sponsorship from a
local company, Redcoats, Inc., and called themselves the “Red Coats for
nearly 15 years. In the same year, they joined the Mid-Atlantic Women’s
Hockey League (MAWHL) and began playing against teams up and down the
Eastern Seaboard such as the Delaware Bobcats and Philadelphia
In 1979, the first girls/women’s national
championships were held in Buffalo, New York
The Redcoats did not go to that tournament, but the next year, the
1979-80 season, they won the South Division of the MAWHL, rented a bus
with members of the Delaware Phoenix and drove to Lake Placid New York to
play in the senior B division of the National Championship tournament.
The previous year, the members of the U.S. Men’s team achieved a
miracle by beating the Soviet Union and winning the gold medal; one year
later, the girls and women of the Redcoats were performing miracles of
their own by being at the tournaments alongside boys teams.
Current Wolves President Kim Alfriend, then a 14-year-old goalie
playing with a local boy’s team, received permission from her parents to
travel with the team. The
Redcoats won several MAWHL regular season and playoff championships over
the next few years and played in several more National Championship
In 1994-95, the club changed its name to the
Washington Wolves and adopted its current white, blue, and black color
In 1997-1998, the Wolves entered a second team into
the newly-created B division of MAWHL.
In the 2000-2001, the Wolves entered a third team
into the newly-created C division of MAWHL, thus becoming the only MAWHL
club with three teams. A
distinction we still hold.
30 years since our founding, we still skate at
Wheaton, but now on the new indoor rink as well as the outdoor rink.
We have three teams and over 45 players and our B team is now
eligible to compete for the National Championship at the newly-created
Senior C level.
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