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How Yeliz Yuksel is turning a conservative town in northeastern Turkey into a hub for women's hockey

Jessica Rivera

Some dressed in athletic gear, others in jeans and colorful head scarves, the teenagers wait for the bus on the front steps of the GSIM Ice Arena on the outskirts of Erzurum. All are girls. All play, or aspire to play, for the Narmanspor Womens’ Hockey Club, a powerhouse in the still-rarefied world of organized Turkish female athletics.

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