The WIAA began sponsoring a tournament program in girls hockey in 2001-02. Initially, six schools sponsored the sport as an interscholastic activity. In 2011, the number of programs increased to 33 and is now at 28.
The qualifiers of the first tournament were Hudson, Viroqua/Cornerstone Christian/Westby/Youth Initiative, Fond du Lac/Waupun and Onalaska.
Hudson won the first two championships. The Raiders defeated Viroqua/Cornerstone Christian/Westby/Youth Initiative, 3-2 in overtime, in the 2002 championship final. They defeated Fond du Lac/Waupun in the 2003 championship final by the same score in overtime. Fond du Lac/Campbellsport/Waupun won the title in 2004 by defeating Superior 2-1. Superior proceeded to win the 2005 championship with a 3-0 win over Onalaska. Fond du Lac/Waupun won the title in 2006.
The Mosinee co-op program with D.C. Everest, and Wausau East and West won the 2008 championship. The 2012 and 2017 championship were won by the same group of schools but was identified as the D.C. Everest co-op. The titles from 2009-2011 were won by two different versions of the River Falls co-op program.
The Mosinee co-op, renamed the D.C. Everest co-op in 2012, has nine appearances before another configuration of the co-op emerged as a different entry on the list. Onalaska participated in six of the State Tournaments with an additional four appearances as various co-op programs. The Fond du Lac/Waupun co-op has been to eight State Tournaments, but the addition of additional schools to the co-op have created four separate listings of programs that have qualified. Superior has qualified for four State Tournaments. Hudson, the Sun Prairie co-op and three River Falls co-op combinations have qualified four times as has three versions of the University School co-op.
The D.C. Everest co-op and three versions of the Fond du Lac co-op have won the most games at State with seven. River Falls versions of a co-op have won the second most games in State Tournament competition with six. Hudson has won four games at State. Thirty-four different programs, including all variations of co-op programs, have qualified for the State Tournament.
All 18 tournaments have been held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison in conjunction with the boys hockey State Tournament.