RED DEER, AB - The top two teams in women's hockey, Canada and the USA with face off in Red Deer for the TSN Challenge on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. MST at the Red Deer Centrium, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Wednesday.
The Red Deer game is the first game of a two game TSN Challenge between Canada and the USA. The second game will be played in Denver, Colorado as part of the National Hockey Leagues 51st All-Star Weekend on Friday, February 2, 2001.
Given the increased popularity of women's hockey, not only in Canada, but across the world, the TSN Challenge is an opportunity to provide exposure for the women's game. This game gives young girls playing hockey, role models to look up to.
"We are extremely excited to have the on-going support of TSN and their focus on the promotion and development of women's hockey in Canada," said Bob Nicholson, President, Canadian Hockey Association. "This game will provide some great excitement for the people of Red Deer and for those watching from coast to coast."
Canada's National Women's team just completed the 4 Nations Cup in Salt Lake City, winning a gold medal after defeating the USA in a 2-0 shut out game. Canada's National Women's team is currently evaluating players across the country, some of whom played in the 4 Nations Cup, and others joining the team for the five game Canada vs. Sweden tour prior to the TSN Challenge. The final roster for the 2001 Women's World Championship team will be announced on February 22, 2001.
"As the Official Broadcaster of the Canadian Hockey Association with a long history of televising Women's Pre-Olympic and Women's World Championship games, we look forward to providing the TSN Challenge to hockey fans all across Canada and specifically those in Red Deer," said Rick Brace, President, TSN.
TSN will be broadcasting the TSN Challenge from coast to coast on January 31, 2001 at 7:30 MST.
Tickets for the TSN Challenge are available through Ticketmaster outlets, or through the Ticketmaster charge by phone line at 403-340-4452, or through Hockey Alberta and the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association. Tickets are reserved seating and are priced at $12.00 for Adults; $7.50 for seniors and students and $5.00 for children 12 and under, plus applicable service charges.