OTTAWA, Ont. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa,
announced Thursday that Sport Canada is providing $500,000 in funding for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s
World Championship, taking place April 2-9, 2013 at SBP Arena in Ottawa and the Nepean Sportsplex.
The financial support is a result of Sport Canada’s Hosting Program, which aims to enhance sport
development across the country by assisting sport organizations in offering national and international
events, in order to create lasting athletic, cultural, economic and social legacies.
“Today, on International Day of the Girl, the Harper Government is pleased to announce support for an
event that will offer our Canadian women athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best
on home soil as they continue to be a huge inspiration to a younger generation of hockey players,” Minister
of State Bal Gosal said. “Hosting the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will not only provide
an economic boost to the Ottawa region, it will also demonstrate that Canada is truly a leading sport
“Hockey Canada can’t thank the Government of Canada enough for its support of this prestigious event,
featuring the best women’s hockey in the world,” Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson said. “We know
this event will be exciting for hockey fans, and will also inspire more young girls to get into the great
Canadian game and experience all the benefits of participating in team sport.”
The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship is being hosted in partnership by Hockey Canada, the
Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and Senators Sports and Entertainment, who also announced Thursday its
slogan for this spring’s event, Don’t Miss the Moment, and new ticket packages that will give fans the best
bang for their buck:
- The Team Canada package includes all games featuring Canada’s National Women’s Team and all medal round
games, starting at just $184;
- The Gold Medal 3-Pack features six games over three days, including two quarter-finals and both medal
games, starting at just $99;
- The Canada-USA 3-Pack features six games over three days including the preliminary game between Canada
and the United States on April 2, two quarter-finals and both semifinals, starting at just $89;
- New group rates are also available, and all ticket packages are subject to handling fees.
- Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling
Don’t Miss the Moment was chosen as the slogan for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship to
express that participating in this event, whether as a player, fan or volunteer, is a unique opportunity to
witness sport history, and what is anticipated to be the most well-attended women’s hockey event ever.
“It’s only appropriate that the women’s world championship come back to Ottawa, home of the first-ever
event 23 years ago,” Senators Sports & Entertainment president Cyril Leeder said. “We look forward to
seeing fans fill our arenas to watch the top female players from across the globe take to the ice this
The last time SBP Arena hosted Canada’s National Women’s Team was Jan., when 16,347 fans filled
the stands, breaking a women’s hockey game attendance record, and watched Canada edge the United States 3-2
in a shootout.
“Bringing the women’s world championship back to Canada’s capital will inspire younger generations of
girls to try hockey and stay in the game,” Ontario Women’s Hockey Association president Fran Rider said. “We
are thrilled to hold our annual provincial championships in conjunction with this event, and know this will
be a wonderful way to promote and grow our sport.”
The OWHA will be holding activities across Ontario this Friday and Saturday to help celebrate the 2012
IIHF World Girls’ Hockey Weekend. The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship host committee will
join the OWHA for activities in Ottawa, including girls’ hockey practices, sport information sessions,
mother-daughter team training, a One Goal try hockey session and much more, all taking place at Carleton
University’s Ice House. For more information on 2012 IIHF World Girls’ Hockey Weekend activities across
Canada, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/FemaleHockey.
The 2013 edition will mark the sixth time Canada has hosted the women’s world championship, joining 1990
in Ottawa, Ont., 1997 in Kitchener, Ont., 2000 in Mississauga, Ont., 2004 in Halifax, N.S., and 2007 in
For more information on the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, please follow www.Twitter.com/HC_WWHC, become a fan at www.Facebook.com/WorldWomens and visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/2013Ottawa.