CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada's National Women's Team will face-off against Finland on Saturday, August 20 in Calgary, AB. Saturday's game is the first game of a 46-game schedule that Canada's National Women's Team will play in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympics being held in Turin, Italy February 10-26.
Saturday's game will be held at the Father David Bauer Arena at 7:00pm MT. The game is open to the public free of charge and fans are encouraged to come and cheer on the reigning Olympic Champions. Fans attending Saturday's game will get a chance to meet the players during two autograph sessions; one featuring the players that did not dress for Saturday's game during the second intermission and another following the game featuring those that played.
"We are extremely excited to play our first game on Saturday" said Melody Davidson, Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Team. "The game against Finland will be our first international test and represents the next step in our preparation of the 2006 Olympics. We hope to see many of Calgary's hockey fans at the rink on Saturday to enjoy an entertaining game and take advantage of the opportunity to meet the players."
Canada's National Women's Team began their official step towards defending their Olympic Gold medal on August, 8 as they began full-time Centralization in Calgary, AB. The Centralized Team is made up of the top 27 female Canadian hockey players. Canada's National women's team was centralized full-time in Calgary prior to both the 2002 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games in the same fashion.
During the 2005-2006 season, Canada's Women's Centralized hockey team will play 46 games in preparation for the Olympics, including six games versus the USA - three in Canada and three in the United States, the Four Nations Cup in Finland in August/September, a pre-Olympic Tournament in Turin , and a series of games against Midget AAA teams in Alberta.
Canada's National Women's Centralized team will hold practices in Calgary at 10am each day (Monday – Saturday), during the weeks they are in Calgary and not traveling for the 2005-2006 season and all sessions are open to the media and to the public. To confirm practice times in Calgary during the season and to set up media interviews, please contact Sean Kelso at 403-777-4552.