CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The top female Midget teams from across the country will be in Charlottetown starting Sunday to compete for the 2012 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship. The fourth annual tournament runs from April 22-28 at CARI Complex, home of the host Capital District Cyclones.
The Cyclones will be joined by five regional champions: the Edmonton Thunder (Pacific), Pembina Valley Hawks (West), Thunder Bay Queens (Ontario), Rebelles du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean (Quebec) and Metro Boston Pizza (Atlantic).
Edmonton is the only team to return to the Esso Cup for a fourth straight year, after claiming silver in 2011, bronze in 2010 and finishing fourth in 2009. The Thunder Bay Queens are making their second appearance at the Esso Cup, after winning the gold medal in 2010.
The 2012 Esso Cup gold medal game will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, on Saturday, April 28 at 5 p.m. AT. Please check your local listings for broadcast times in your area. All preliminary round games, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com. Fans can watch all the action for free by following three steps:
STEP 1: Visit hockeycanada.fasthockey.com and sign up for a free FASTHockey account.
STEP 2: Like the Esso Cup on Facebook at www.facebook.com/essocup.
STEP 3: Just prior to the game, click the HC on FASTHockey link on the Esso Cup Facebook page to watch.
A full-tournament ticket package for general admission to all 19 games, including the semifinals and both medal games, is available for only $50 by clicking HERE, or at the CARI Complex customer service desk.
“We can’t wait to see all six teams on the ice here in P.E.I.,” said Colin MacIsaac, chair of the 2012 Esso Cup host committee. “Since the first National Female Midget Championship in 2009, the talent gets better each year and the Esso Cup is now is an excellent showcase for female players. We’re thrilled to bring the Esso Cup to P.E.I., a province that is passionate about its hockey, and we’re confident our organization will put on a first-class event for hockey fans.”
Esso Cup action kicks off Sunday, with Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean taking on Metro at 12 p.m. AT, Pembina Valley facing off against Edmonton at 4 p.m. AT and Thunder Bay meeting Capital District at 8 p.m. AT. The five-day round robin will be followed by two semifinals, which will determine who will play in the bronze and gold medal games.
Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey P.E.I. and the 2012 Esso Cup host committee, are also offering several opportunities for young girls and women in the Charlottetown area to participate in development programs throughout the tournament.
For current female players registered in Novice, Atom, Peewee or Bantam, there will be an Esso Fun Day that will include an on-ice skills session and three-on-three games, off-ice activities and two tickets to a game on the final weekend of the 2012 Esso Cup. For new female players, there will be two Esso Fun Days,one for young girls and the other for adult women who want to give hockey a try.
Additionally, Hockey P.E.I. will host a clinic for females over age 16 called We are Coaches, an ideal introduction for women who want to start coaching hockey.
For more information on 2012 Esso Cup development activities, CLICK HERE
NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of media relations, will be on site for the 2012 Esso Cup in Charlottetown. Please contact him for interview requests at firstname.lastname@example.org or (587) 999-5681.