DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with BC Hockey, the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey
Association and the City of Dawson Creek, announced Thursday several development activities for players,
coaches and officials being held during the upcoming 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, taking
place Nov. 7-11 at the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.
Development activities include clinics and hot stove panels for female coaches and officials, local
elementary school visits by teams competing at the national championship, intermission mini-games, and
programs such as Esso Puck Drop, McDonald’s In The Line-Up and Experience a Dream, which all give young
female players the chance to step onto the ice alongside the top under-18 players from across the
For more information on how to get involved in Esso Puck Drop, McDonald’s In The Line-Up or Experience a
Dream, please contact Hockey Canada’s manager of schools programs, Kevin Bathurst, by emailing email@example.com.
“There are many opportunities for minor female hockey players to interact with the talented athletes coming
to this year’s national championship, and these mentorships will inspire the girls involved to dream big,
both on and off the ice,” said Joanne Hughes, female council chair for Hockey Canada. “We also encourage
aspiring female coaches and officials to come out and learn from some of the top minds in the women’s hockey
world at our clinics and hot stove sessions.”
Hockey Manitoba director of development Bernie Reichardt will host a coaching clinic, including on- and
off-ice sessions Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. MT at Kin Arena in Dawson Creek. Three-time Olympic gold
medal-winning National Women’s Team coach Melody Davidson will lead a hot stove panel featuring several
provincial and national under-18 women’s coaches Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. MT at Kenn Borek Aquatic
Centre in Dawson Creek. All minor hockey coaches who attend the hot stove will receive free admission to the
national championship game Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. MT between host team British Columbia and defending gold
medallist Ontario Red.
Hockey Canada officials with experience at international and national levels will host a referee mentorship
night Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. MT, also at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre. All minor hockey officials
in attendance will receive free admission to the national championship game Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. MT between
British Columbia and Team Atlantic. Register for any of the above development activities for coaches and
officials by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
calling the City of Dawson Creek at (250) 784-3604.
National Women’s Team alumna Jennifer Botterill, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time IIHF Ice
Hockey Women’s World Championship gold medallist, will serve as inspiration for the players competing at this
year’s National Women’s Under-18 Championship, as she is the featured guest speaker for the event’s evening
banquet Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the EnCana Events Centre. Botterill is also speaking Wednesday, Nov. 7 at a
breakfast event for professional women, called Community Futures Liard Presents Pursuing Excellence, set for
8 a.m. MT at the EnCana Events Centre and sponsored by RBC. Please call (250) 782-8748 or visit www.communityfutures.biz to reserve your spot at
Botterill’s talk for just $25 per person.
Hockey Canada also announced Thursday that single-game tickets are now available for the 2012 National
Women’s Under-18 Championship. Day games are just $10 apiece and evening games are $15 per person. Please
visit www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com for more
Full-event ticket packages for access to all 18 games are available for $99, plus applicable fees, by
clicking HERE. Ticket packages to all evening games are available for $45, plus applicable fees, by
clicking HERE, while ticket packages to all weekend games are available for $75, plus applicable fees,
by clicking HERE. Those interested in volunteering for the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in
Dawson Creek should contact Brenda Suchy at 250-786-0211 or email@example.com.
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship brings together teams made up of the best female hockey players
born in 1995 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, who are
evaluating candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s
World Championship next January in Vierumäki, Finland, as well as at other international events.
All preliminary round games, as well as the semifinals and bronze medal game, will be webcast at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com, while the gold medal
game will be available on TSN/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. This will be the fourth time
British Columbia has hosted the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, with Surrey welcoming the event in
2009 and Salmon Arm holding the January 2005 and November 2005 editions of the tournament. Ontario Red has
won the gold medal all seven times since the event’s 2001 inception in Trois-Rivières, Que.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Kristen Lipscombe, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of
communications, for any National Women’s Under-18 Championship interview requests at (403) 826-4819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c, and follow all the action
from Dawson Creek via social media at www.facebook.com/womensu18 and www.twitter.com/hc_nwu18.