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Historicist: “She certainly doesn’t play like a girl”

The star defenceman of a boys hockey team is revealed to be a nine-year-old girl.

Abigail Hoffman (second from left, front row) and her TeePees teammates, March 8, 1956.  From the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (1974 002 / 369)

Abigail Hoffman (second from left, front row) and her TeePees teammates, March 8, 1956. From the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (1974-002 / 369).

In the winter of 1956, nine-year-old Abby Hoffman strapped on skates to play organized hockey for the first time. Playing for the TeePees, a boys team in the Toronto Hockey League, the stay-at-home defenceman excelled as a bruiser, willing to body check opponents into the boards, and was named to the league all-star team as one of the best hockey players in the city. It was only then that Hoffman’s secret was discovered: she was a girl.

Keep reading: Historicist: “She certainly doesn’t play like a girl”

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Weekend Newsstand: October 18, 2014

Use your Saturday to head out and grab some of the last fleeting hours of sun and warmth before the cruel winter sets in, but read some news first: a longtime flag vendor at Yonge-Dundas Square has had his licence revoked, Olivia Chow will release the names of her campaign donors, and both Doug Ford and John Tory promise to fix public housing (without promising any money for the effort).

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Keep reading: Weekend Newsstand: October 18, 2014

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Weekend Newsstand: October 18, 2014

Use your Saturday to head out and grab some of the last fleeting hours of sun and warmth before the cruel winter sets in, but read some news first: a longtime flag vendor at Yonge-Dundas Square has had his licence revoked, Olivia Chow will release the names of her campaign donors, and both Doug Ford and John Tory promise to fix public housing (without promising any money for the effort).

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