CALGARY, Alta. – This week will be the last chance for fans to catch Canada’s National Women’s Team in action before it heads to Vancouver, B.C. to go for gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Canada caps off the NWT Midget Series, presented by the Government of Alberta, with a pair of games against Calgary-area Midget AAA teams this week, taking on the Calgary Royals on Wednesday, January 27 and the Calgary Flames on Friday, January 29. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MT on both nights at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, home of Canada’s national teams.
The National Women’s Team has been training out of Calgary since early August and by the end of this week will have played 30 games against Alberta Midget Hockey League teams in preparation for the Olympics, including the four-game Icebreaker Tournament won by Canada in September and the 26-game NWT Midget Series. Canada’s record stands at 15-9 going into its final two games of the series.
Fans are asked to wear red to the final NWT Midget Series game on January 29 against the Flames, both to cheer on Team Canada and to support Canadian troops on Red Friday. The Canadian military will play an important role in Friday’s festivities, with a female veteran who served in Afghanistan set to drop the puck and an all-female flag party also taking part in pre-game ceremonies.
All those in attendance at Friday’s Military Appreciation Night will have the chance to win a game-worn National Women’s Team jersey in Hockey Canada’s Jersey Off Their Backs promotion. Twenty-one lucky names will be drawn during the game.
“I am deeply appreciative of the support shown by Canada’s National Women’s Team and Hockey Canada for not only the members of the Canadian Forces, but also the families of our members as well,” says Colonel Thomas Putt, commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group. “We are looking forward to the game Friday night and a chance to show our support to the National Women’s Team.”
“Hockey fans in Alberta have an amazing opportunity in front of them – to see many of the most skilled female hockey players in the world play in their own backyard,” says Julie Healy, director of female hockey for Hockey Canada. “It’s not every day that you get to see veterans such as Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Hayley Wickenheiser take to the ice in your neighbourhood rink.”
“This week’s games will also give fans a glance at the game’s up-and-coming young stars,” she says. “New Olympians such as Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston and Shannon Szabados will soon be playing on the world stage, so come check out what the 2010 Winter Games have in store.”
Single-game tickets are available at the door for $5 each, while tickets for children age seven to 12 cost $2 each and children under six years old are admitted for free. Groups of tickets are available in advance by calling 403-777-3614.
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