CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced Monday several development activities for minor hockey players that will take place in conjunction with the 2010 4 Nations Cup, coming to St. John’s and Clarenville, N.L. from November 9-13.
The development activities include an Esso Fun Day, designed for girls who want to give hockey a try in a positive environment, to be held at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s on Thursday, November 11. The day includes both on- and off-ice activities which allow first-time female hockey participants to learn the basic skills and rules of the game, while also making new friends and having fun. This Esso Fun Day is being offered free of charge.
Hockey Canada and Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador are also hosting an Atlantic Bantam Female Skills Challenge at both the Mile One Centre and Twin Rinks in St. John’s on Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12. This event will feature seven of the top female Bantam-level players from each of the Atlantic Canadian branches, along with one coach from each of the four Atlantic provinces.
The 28 players and four coaches from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were selected based upon their performances at the 2010 Atlantic Challenge Cup, held October 8-11 in Moncton, N.B. They will participate in on- and off-ice skills testing, and a series of three-on-three games, during the two-day challenge. The event will also include team-building sessions and special presentations that will give participants new tools to take back to their local minor hockey associations.
“These development activities are sure to inspire young girls to dream big,” said Kalli Quinn, director of female national teams for Hockey Canada. “Whether they aspire to one day put on a Team Canada jersey, or have goals outside of hockey, these programs will instil in their young participants self-esteem and life skills that will help them succeed in whatever they may choose.”
Several young female hockey players will also have the chance to take part in unique opportunities before and during 2010 4 Nations Cup games. The McDonald’s In The Line Up program, for instance, allows a minor hockey player to skate onto the ice with their hockey idols during a pre-game warm-up, while mini-games during intermissions give young female participants the chance to experience playing in front of large and supportive crowds under the bright lights of a major arena. In total, 16 female minor hockey players will participate in McDonald’s In The Line Up and up to 120 girls will get the chance to play in an intermission mini-game during this year’s 4 Nations Cup.
Additionally, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a female jamboree for players under age nine and a female tournament for under-15 teams in partnership with the St. John’s Minor Hockey Association, a female tournament for under-12 teams in partnership with the Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association and a female under-20 tournament in partnership with the Southern Shore Minor Hockey Association, all taking place from Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14.
“Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador is ecstatic that the 4 Nations Cup is being held in St. John’s and Clarenville,” said Bonnie Evans, female chair of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador. “We look forward to seeing female hockey at the forefront of our branch like it has never been before.”
The 2010 4 Nations Cup is being held in St. John’s and Clarenville to help Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate its 75th anniversary. The event will bring together the top four women’s hockey nations in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The four countries competing at the 2010 4 Nations Cup finished as the top four in Vancouver, led by the gold medal-winning Canadian team.
Single-game tickets (Mile One Centre)
Canada vs. United States, 7:30 p.m. NT, Tuesday, November 9: $19
United States vs. Finland, 7:30 p.m. NT, Wednesday, November 10: $12
United States vs. Sweden, 1 p.m. NT, Friday, November 12: $10
Canada vs. Finland, 7:30 p.m. NT, Friday, November 12: $19
Bronze medal game, 4 p.m. NT, Saturday, November 13: $10
Gold medal game, 7:30 p.m. NT, Saturday, November 13: $25
Ticket packages (Mile One Centre)
Friday, November 12 – game package featuring United States-Sweden and Canada-Finland: $25
Saturday, November 13 – championship package featuring bronze and gold medal games: $29
MORE TICKET INFORMATION: Fans can still attend all six games at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, including the Olympic gold medal game rematch between Canada and the United States on Tuesday, November 9, for only $75. Single-game tickets and ticket packages can be purchased at the Mile One Centre box office, by calling 709-576-7657 or 1-800-361-4595, or by visiting www.admission.com.Please note that above ticket prices do not include service fees.
A two-game ticket package for the games in Clarenville is also still available for $35 (plus service fees). Ticket packages can be purchased from the Clarenville Events Centre box office, or by calling 709-466-4105 ex. 222.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Both the Canada-Finland game on Friday, November 12 and the gold medal game on Saturday, November 13 will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check your local listings for 2010 4 Nations Cup broadcast times in your area. Games throughout the week will be available via webcast at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com, on a pay-per-view basis for $7 per game.
MEDIA INFORMATION: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of media relations and communications, and Kristen Lipscombe, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of communications, will be on site in St. John’s and Clarenville. Please contact Francis at 587-999-5681 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Kristen at 403-826-4819 or email@example.com, for interview requests leading up to and during the 2010 4 Nations Cup.