Ex-Flyers Ice Girl: ‘There Should Be an Ice Girl Union’

Flyers ice girls make about $50 for seven hours of work on game days.

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers ice girls clean off the ice during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at the Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers ice girls clean off the ice during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at the Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

In a piece about the incredibly low salaries and occasionally ridiculous work environment endured by “ice girls” — women who sweep up ice shavings during stoppages of play at NHL games — a former veteran Flyers ice girl (not pictured) says there should be a union for the workers.

“There should be an ice-girl union to fight for our rights,” she tells Mother Jones. “The girls have never fought for them before.”


The rules the article details are ridiculous, and likely wouldn't be tolerated at any other division of Comcast except the hockey team it owns. Flyers ice girl members had to stand out in shorts and stockings in 20 degree weather during the Winter Classic. The ice team couldn't eat in public during the Winter Classic — we wouldn't want any fans thinking these women are real people! — and has to sneak food even when working long hours.

Oh, and they make about $50 a game for seven hours of work.

Many of the ice girls find it an incredibly rewarding experience, and I know people who have danced or cheered for pro sports teams who reported the same. But, geeze. Pay them more, please, at least.

[Mother Jones]

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  • tony russo

    7 hours of work? Lol. Tell me the last hockey game that was 7 hours long? If u count the amount of time they actually work it probably equated to 10 minutes.

    • Monica Marie

      that’s probably counting appearances. Still the girl sounds like a twit. “Ice Girl” is not a professional career, it’s a hobby.

  • Nate Lubahn

    Hey that would be an awesome job. I’d even dress up and do it just to be part of the organization. Any ways. I’m sure they don’t work 7 hours a game BUT you would think they’d get paid a lil bit more…. at least $100 to $200 per game. I mean… It’s not like it’s grueling work except for the crap you’ve gotta put up with from fans lol.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure the majority of them do it to hook up with hockey players or other wealthy men, just like cheerleaders- I thought Cheerleaders didn’t get paid either? And I used to work at a restaurant with a young girl who was an ice girl and would brag about all of the flyers that she slept with. She apparently got upset when she thought one of them was her boyfriend but woke up next to him having sex with someone else WHILE in bed with her! The chick that said this apparently doesn’t know what unions are for- they are for skilled laborers, not failed former teenage figureskaters looking to party with professional athletes.