BONNIE EVANS

Date of Birth: 1952
Place of Birth: St. John’s, NL
Inducted: 2018 (Builder Category)

Evans, from Mount Pearl, is considered one of the behind-the-scenes driving forces for the development of female hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador.

After getting her start with the Mount Pearl Hockey Moms Association, Evans eventually rose to become the female chair for Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, remaining in the position for 10 years.

During her tenure, the number of females playing the game increased from a couple hundred in pockets around the island to over 2,000, judging by the most recent registration numbers.

In the early 2000s, the first under-15 female provincial team which played was formed out of a two-team setup, where the girls played each other every Sunday night. The following year, a U12 league was formed from several associations, and within two years, there were enough associations with female-only teams to have a provincial tournament.

A female director with Mount Pearl hockey before joining HNL, where she would become female zone coordinator, Evans oversaw the HNL female committee grow from a group of five in the early days to the present day that sees all minor associations sending a representative to both the provincial annual general and fall meetings.