Bringing back the Dinos

The University of Calgary will once again have a CIS women's hockey team as the Canada West voted the Dinos back into the conference at its annual meeting. Calgary had been without a Canada West women's team since 2002 after the team was forced to change leagues when a CIS rule change disallowed players to compete in a second league which forced the Dinos out as they had several players also suiting up for the Oval Extreme of the Western Women's Hockey League. Beginning in 2002 the Dinos started play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference , and are that league's reigning champions.

With the inclusion of the Dinos, the Canada West women's circuit will now be seven strong - the same as men's hockey. Calgary had been the lone school with a CIS level men's program but not a women's program in the Canada West.

Along with the women's hockey squad making its return to the CIS, Calgary will also field a women's rugby team starting next season. The program had been operating at the club level since 1999. The rugby squad will join Victoria, UBC, Alberta and Lethbridge as part of a five team conference.
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