Arnprior, ON - The communities of Arnprior and Renfrew, Ontario, are set to host the 21st edition of the Esso Women's National Hockey Championship, which begins on Wednesday in both cities.
The 2002 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship will be presented by the Canadian Hockey Association, the Ontario Women's Hockey Association and by the premier sponsors of the CHA: Esso, Bauer NIKE Hockey and Royal Bank Financial Group.
The tournament opens with two pools of teams playing a round-robin with the top three teams in each pool qualifying for the playoff round. The top teams in each pool receive a bye to the semi-finals. The Bronze and Gold medal games are played on the final day of the tournament.
Eleven members of Canada's gold medal winning Women's Olympic Hockey Team at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games will be playing in the championship, as members of three different teams.
The gold medal game will be aired on The Sports Network (TSN) and it's french equivalent, RDS on Sunday, . WTSN will carry both semi-final games this year, a first for WTSN and a first in the history of the championship.
Wednesday's schedule and daily game schedules are available at www.canadianhockey.ca
Esso has been involved as the title sponsor of the Women's National Hockey Championship for the past six years and has been a long-time premier sponsor of the CHA and women's hockey in Canada.
Ticket packages for the annual event are still available and can be ordered by calling the Nick Smith Centre, in Arnprior at (613) 623-7301 or the Ma-Te-Way Activity Center, in Renfrew at (613) 432-3131. Tournament passes can be purchased for $35.00 at the door or fans can save $5.00 by purchasing them in advance for $30.00. Day passes for the tournament are also available for $10.00 at the door as well as half-day passes for $5.00. All advance ticket purchases can be made using Visa or Mastercard.