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Canada's Top Women's Players Host Thanksgiving Festival in Kitchener, Ontario
Canada preparing for 2005 World Championship and 2006 Olympic Games
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September 30, 2004
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CALGARY, AB – Forty of Canada’s top women’s hockey players will host Russia and Sweden in a Thanksgiving Festival in Kitchener, ON,  October 3-10, 2004 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. 

The Thanksgiving Festival will be made up of four teams: Russia, Sweden, and two Canadian teams of 20 players on each team (Red & White) playing a three game round robin format followed by gold and bronze medal games on Sunday, October, 10.

Canada will use this Thanksgiving Festival as an evaluation of players and as a selection camp for the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, NY from November 10-14, 2004 (Canada, Finland, Sweden and the USA).

All games are free admission and open to the public, but fans wishing to attend are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Kitchener Food Bank.

The Thanksgiving Festival provides Team Canada with a development and evaluation opportunity in preparation for the 2005 World Championship and 2006 Winter Olympics.  Following the festival the Team Canada coaching staff will announce the roster for its next event, the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, NY from November 10-14, 2004. The 2004-2005 season concludes in April with the 2005 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Linkoping, Sweden.

Canada has won gold at all eight of the IIHF World Women’s Championships, with the 2005 event being held in Linkoping, Sweden in April.  Canada is also the defending Olympic gold medal champions from the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City.

Team Canada’s coaching staff for the Thanksgiving Festival, the 2005 World Championship and the 2006 Olympic Games is: Head Coach Melody Davidson (Oyen, AB), and assistant coaches Tim Bothwell (Calgary, AB) and Margot Page (Stoney Creek, ON). Davidson was named as Canada’s National Women’s Team Head Coach on , while Bothwell and Page were named on .

This will be the first time Team Canada’s coaching staff will be coaching together since being named.

SCHEDULE (ALL GAMES IN KITCHENER, ON, all times Eastern)

Wednesday, October 6

5:00 PM TEAM CANADA - RED vs. RUSSIA
7:30 PM TEAM CANADA - WHITE vs. SWEDEN
Thursday, October 7
5:00 PM RUSSIA vs. SWEDEN
7:30 PM TEAM CANADA - WHITE vs. TEAM CANADA - RED

Saturday, October 9

5:00 PM SWEDEN vs. TEAM CANADA - RED
7:30 PM

RUSSIA vs. TEAM CANADA - WHITE

Sunday, October 10

12:00 Noon Bronze Medal Game
3:00 PM Gold Medal Game

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

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Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

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Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
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Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
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Hockey Canada
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