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When nine-year old Abby Hoffman decided she wanted to play hockey in her hometown, her parents discovered there were no leagues for girls in the Toronto area in the mid-1950s. The enterprising Hoffmans cut their daughter's hair and registered her as 'Ab Hoffman' in the only league available a boys' league. Ab was selected for the Toronto Hockey League all-star team. But when Ab produced the required birth certificate, league conveners were shocked to discover Ab was really 'Abigail.' She was dismissed from the team and the story made international news. Abby Hoffman later took her competitive spirit to the track, representing Canada at Olympic tournaments in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. Although Abby Hoffman contributed significantly to her hockey team on the ice, it was her contribution to breaking down barriers that added more to the growth of women's hockey in Canada. Abby Hoffman assisted the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in implementing a national women's championship, and today, representatives from each province vie for the Abby Hoffman Cup.

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