BURNABY, B.C. – The puck is about to drop on the 2013 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby. The fifth annual event, presented in partnership with BC Hockey, the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association and Tourism Burnaby, will welcme the top six teams from across the country starting this Sunday, April 21 and running through next Saturday, April 27.
Host team the Fraser Valley Phantom will be joined by five provincial and regional champions, including last year’s bronze medallists the Edmonton Thunder (Pacific) and fourth place finishers Halifax Metro Boston Pizza (Atlantic), in addition to 2010 Esso Cup host team the Regina Rebels (West) and Esso Cup first-timers LHFDQ Nord (Quebec) and the North Bay Ice Boltz (Ontario).
“We’re thrilled to welcome Canada’s best female Midget teams to the west coast,” said Munir Velji, chair of the 2013 Esso Cup host committee. “It will be an exciting week of hockey and we can’t wait to see how it will all unfold on the ice at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.”
The gold medal game will air live on TSN2/RDS, official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, next Saturday at 6 p.m. PT. Please check your local television listings for broadcast times in your areas.
All other 2013 Esso Cup games, including preliminary match-ups, semifinals and the bronze medal game, can be watched live through FASTHockey webcast at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com. Fans can watch all the action from Burnaby by following these three easy 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 before the game you want to watch, click the “Esso Cup LIVE” link on the Esso Cup Facebook page and enjoy!
Full-tournament ticket packages for general admission to all 19 games, including the semifinals and both medal games, can be purchased for just $60 each, plus applicable fees, by clicking HERE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on available group rates. Some seating restrictions apply.
Tickets are also still available for the 2013 Esso Cup awards banquet, which is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby, and will feature Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna Cheryl Pounder, who won two Olympic and six world championship gold medals, as a special guest speaker. The event is open to the public and includes breakfast, with tickets available for just $40 each by emailing rwiwchar@hockeycanadaca.
Several development activities are also taking place in conjunction with the 2013 Esso Cup, including Esso Fun Days on Saturday, April 27 for girls and women of all ages who want to try hockey for the first time in a positive environment. To register for an Esso Fun Day free of charge, please email Hockey Canada manager of female development Mandi Duhamel at email@example.com.
MEDIA NOTE: For 2013 Esso Cup interview requests, please contact Hockey Canada communications coordinator Kristen Lipscombe at (403) 826-4819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.