What may have been the very first hockey team comprised entirely of transgender and gender non-conforming players got to show off their skills in Boston during a friendly series of games hosted by Boston Pride Hockey, an LGBTQ+ hockey organization. The transgender hockey team was made up of Canadian and American players and included amateurs and professionals.\nTwo professional Canadian hockey players that joined the team were Harrison Browne of Oakville, Ontario and Jessica Platt of Sarnia, Ontario. Browne who is now retired, used to play professionally in the National Women's Hockey League. Browne is believed to be the first professional transgender hockey player in history.\nJessica Platt was the first transgender woman to play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She is currently on the roster of the Toronto Furies.\n"For a lot of transgender people you can feel the hostility in the hockey atmosphere because it's still very much a male-dominated sport where anyone who's seen as different is typically made fun of or is an outcast," Platt told The Canadian Press.\n"A lot of kids feel like they don't have a place in sport because sport in the past and in history has been so binary," Browne told the Canadian Press, "it's always broken into men's and women's sides."\nBoston Pride Hockey, who organized the event, wrote on their website that the Friendship Series and Team Trans were formed "to prove that everyone has a place on the ice!"\nView this post on Instagram The Team Trans series was a great success. While BPH won the series, it wasn’t easy. Team Trans was great! But more than winning, we made a lot of new friends! #pridetape #hockeyisforeveryone🏳️🌈 #hockeyisforeveryone #lgbthockey #gayhockey @teamtransicehockey A post shared by Boston Pride Hockey LGBT (@bostonpridehockey) on Nov 10, 2019 at 1:14pm PST\nThe series, which took place on November 9 and 10 in Boston. While Boston Pride's own team won both games, they wrote on their Instagram, "Team Trans was great! But more than winning, we made a lot of new friends!"\nView this post on Instagram How do you describe something like what happened this weekend? I have so many thoughts, so many feelings but mostly my heart is full! ❤️ There’s too much to say in one post so I’ll do one a day for abit, stay tuned. For today I’ll say that this weekend was truly incredible and I was lucky to be a part of it. It was something special that @bostonpridehockey helped put together with @teamtransicehockey a Friendship Series where we could have a team of trans hockey players play together. It was positive, safe, supportive environment all weekend long. Somewhere where all the trans players didn’t have to worry that others would judge them or create an unsafe environment for them. I can’t say enough how important this was! Also how sweet are these jersey’s?! #transgender #transathlete #transwoman #hockey #queer #lgbt #boston #pride #teamtrans #equality #positivity #support A post shared by Jessica Platt (@jplatt32) on Nov 11, 2019 at 2:53pm PST\nHockey itself, and particularly the people who play it, became a hot button issue after Jess Allen made comments about players being "bullies" on CTV's The Social. The controversial comment struck Canadians and made them start thinking about what the "Canadian hockey player" really looks like.\nTo Browne and Platt, hockey is a sport that is beloved by all and players in Canada come in all shapes, sizes, genders and sexualities.\nView this post on Instagram This past weekend was a hockey memory I will truly cherish! I had the unbelievable opportunity to play for @teamtransicehockey in a friendship series against @bostonpridehockey. What an experience playing along side an entire team of trans and non-binary players! 🦄 - After I had time to reflect on the weekend, it really hit me on how much it impacted me. Before I came out as trans I identified as a gay woman and really found a strong sense of community within that world. After coming out as trans that community no longer felt connected to me and I lost my sense of belonging. I never thought I’d be able to feel that again until #TeamTrans. Being able to share the ice, some laughs, and some beers with people who could understand me on a level that no one else really can was something I didn’t know how much I needed. 💙 - So thank you to everyone involved for making this happen, thank you to all my teammates for allowing me to share this moment with you, and thank you to everyone that came out to watch and for all your support. We made history this weekend and I’m so proud of all of us. 🏒 - #transgender #trans #nonbinary #transman #transwoman #lgbt #lgbtq #hockeyisforeveryone #hockey #teamtrans #transisbeautiful #thisiswhattranslookslike #transmenofig #transmenofinstagram A post shared by Harrison Browne (@hbrowne24) on Nov 11, 2019 at 2:22pm PST\nThe sport actually does seem to be evolving with current culture. A recent move to be more sensitive was even made by Hockey Canada when they changed the names of each age group to be more appropriate.\nWhile not everyone plays it, hockey is considered a way of life for many Canadians. There's even a mansion in Ontario with its own hockey rink. With so many different people playing hockey now, something like Team Trans is a great way to promote inclusion.\nTeam Trans is planning to play more games together in the future. They will be taking place in Madison, Wisconsin and Toronto.\nThere are stories everywhere. 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