Team Trans is an international collective of hockey players… who all happen to identify as trans or gender non conforming! When we were introduced to ice hockey, most of us did not have the opportunity to play with other out trans/GNC folks.
Team Trans and BPH play a different kind of ice hockey, where the goal isn’t to win, but to prove that everyone has a place on the ice!
Team Trans is starting from scratch with the help of Boston Pride Hockey. To help them grow, you can make a dedicated donation through our PayPal Donations page.
Be sure to select “Team Trans” from our program list and 100% of your donation will go towards Team Trans!
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Harrison Browne was the first out transgender athlete in Professional Hockey.
During his three seasons in the NWHL, Harrison was a trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ rights. He helped form the first ever transgender policy in professional sports to aid both transmen and transwomen in their participation. He is also the appointed Inclusion Leader for the NWHL advisory board. Through his efforts, Harrison was recognized in 2016 by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 Top People of Power.
Throughout Harrison’s decorated hockey career, he has represented Team Canada in the 2011 U18 Championship and won a silver medal in Stockholm, Sweden. He also represented Team Ontario during the 2011 Canada Winter Games where he also won a silver medal.
The Oakville, Ontario native started his NCAA Div. 1 college hockey career playing at Mercyhurst University for his award winning rookie season. Harrison then transferred to the University of Maine to continue playing and finish out the remaining three years of his college career. After graduating, Harrison joined the NWHL as a member of the Buffalo Beauts where he was named to the 2017 All-Star team and won the championship. He became a two-time NWHL champion after winning the 2018 Isobel Cup with the Metropolitan Riveters.
Since 2016, Harrison has worked with the You Can Play organization to continue to advocate for LGBTQ rights and athletes within the NWHL. Harrison has also worked with various Gay Straight Alliance leaders and participants within schools and local communities.
Jessica Platt has played professional hockey in the former CWHL with the Toronto Furies. After twoseasons with the Furies the CWHL folded. She is currently playing with the PWHPA (Professional Hockey
Players Association) during the Dream Gap Tour year. She is also the first openly transgender woman to play in the CWHL and part of the PWHPA. She is one of few out, trans women to play professional
Jessica has played hockey since as long as she can remember, first playing on an ice rink in the backyard at a young age. Since then hockey has been a place where she has gone to escape the negativity in her life. The atmosphere in boy’s hockey was not a safe space though. The atmosphere surrounding the game made her feel she needed to pretend to be someone she wasn’t. After transitioning she found happiness and wanted to follow her dreams. After doing so, she had the desire to show people they can live as their authentic self and follow their dreams. The need for positive, concrete examples of a trans-woman living their life and being happy pushes her to keep doing as much as she can.
Jessica now volunteers with You Can Play to promote inclusion and equality in sport as well as sharing her experiences and story when she can to help show others that they can live a life they may have only dreamt of and that it truly does get better. With the PWHPA she is pushing to create a sustainable league in the future for young girls, all young girls. She pushes for equality in sport on as many fronts as she can, because until we have equality, we haven’t won.
I’ve been playing ice hockey for 20 years and have never knowingly played with another trans person. Before I had words to describe myself as non-binary, I was still clearly very different than most of my teammates. I would buzz around the ice humming songs from Broadway musicals – as a HS Varsity hockey player I once ran into the locker room mid practice because I had forgotten to take off my makeup on the way to the rink from my theater rehearsal, and it was stinging my eyes! My being obviously different presented challenges for me walking into male dominated spaces. I want to play with Team Trans now so that I can come to the rink and leave my identity at the door. To transcend language, to move beyond identity, to hum “Easy Street” from Annie while I skate and not have to worry who hears or who might want to hurt me because of it.
Hey there. I am Ashleigh. Hockey has been a game I’ve played since I was 6 or 7. It truly was love at first sight with this game. I was missing from hockey for 25 years. I decided to try to be who I am not. Two divorces later being able to come out and still playing this game is a dream. Playing with this will be a chance to play will be another great opportunity to play hockey with people who get me and can identify with.