However inhibiting the rules might be, though, there has never been anything about them that prevented the girls from going at it with all the fury of a west wind. As John Allen, husband of a present All-America, Helen M. Allen, puts it, "The girls go kinda berserk during the game. You have to see them to know what I mean."
They do, but they make amends too. In the 1953 matches in England a Spanish player charged a Dutch opponent, knocked her down, picked her up, kissed her on both cheeks and then roared on. For them, as hockey players everywhere, the sport is more than just a game. It's a way of life?and with its fine traditions of sportsmanship, a good one.