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Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association

The Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association (CIHA) was formed with one goal in mind – to create a local hockey organization and social environment with a focus on LGBTQ equality in sport.  Under this registered non-profit association, the Calgary Pioneers have been playing in Winsport’s WHCL recreation hockey league since 2015.  The Villagers had their first season in 2017 and are now our beginner team under the CIHA umbrella.     

We are  “Pioneers” of LGBTQ hockey awareness in Alberta and our teams consist of players of all skill levels. We feature year-round official league play with the full support from the WHCL, as well as seasonal skill clinics and social ice times.

We are the hosts of the annual Western Cup Hockey Tournament, which attracts teams from across Canada to play in an LGBTQ friendly environment every spring. 


WHCL Winsport

Winsport, Hockey, Gay Hockey, Calgary Hockey

Winsport WHCL is Calgary's premier recreation hockey leagues. With the CIHA, a 'zero-tolerance' policy for descrimination based on sexual orientation was developed ot drive equality and acceptances, and now this is a standard in rec hockey accross Calgary.

You Can Play

You Can Play, Gay, Sports

North America's largest LGBTQ+ organization in sport ensuring equality, respect, and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Started by Brian Burke, former President of the Calgary Flames.

Pride Tape

Pride Tape, Gay Hockey

Pride Tape was created to progress LGBTQ+ exposure in sport and equality. Pride tape is a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ+ players.

National Hockey League

NHL, Pride, Calgary Flames

The NHL and the Calgary Flames teamed up with the CIHA in 2019 to corss-promote their first ever Calgary Flames Pride Night at the Saddledome. We have been marching with the flames in Calgary Pride since 2015.

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Villagers, Calgary Villagers


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Hot Mess

Keener Jerseys


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