Angela James grew up in Flemigdon Park and started playing hockey when she was eight years old.
“We were probably the spitting image of the commercial where a car drives up, someone yells ‘car,’ we move the nets, then go back to playing.”
Looking back, James is modest: “I really enjoyed the game. I was good at it without a doubt, but would I have thought back then that today I’d be going to the Hockey Hall of Fame? No, not at all.”
Four world championships and eight MVP awards later, it doesn’t seem like such a stretch. Beyond establishing herself as a pivotal player, James has done much to advance the sport as a whole. She has been a vocal ambassador of women’s hockey on a local national and international level.
“Anything is possible. That’s something I’d like to pass down to my children and pass down to young kids that play the game.”
This November, when the induction ceremony is scheduled, she’ll have proved it.
“It’s a great day for hockey. It’s a great day for female hockey in particular, but I wouldn’t say just the women’s game. We’re not living barefoot and pregnant anymore. Times have changed. Equality is here to stay.”