Once again, Winnipeg, Man., will welcome a Hockey Canada event.
Top female hockey teams from sport schools across the country will take to the ice later this month to
chase the first-ever gold medal at the Female World Sport School Challenge.
All the exciting action takes place Feb. 21-14 at the MTS Iceplex, a Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence
The 2013 Female World Sport School Challenge is an eight-team tournament that will feature two Winnipeg
sport school teams, the St. Mary’s Academy Flames and Shaftsbury School Titans. They will be joined by the
Banff Hockey Academy and Edge School of Excellence, both from Alberta; Fort Frances High School Muskie Girls
Hockey out of Ontario; Okanagan Hockey Academy and the Pursuit of Excellence, both from British Columbia, and
Rothesay Netherwood School of New Brunswick.
Tickets to the 2013 Female World Sport School Challenge are available at the Jets Gear store in the MTS
Iceplex and at St. Mary’s Academy. Tournament passes are $25 and individual game tickets are $5 for adults
and $3 for students.
A special feature of this year’s tournament is a banquet featuring keynote speaker, National Women’s Team
alumna Jennifer Botterill, who won three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games and five world championship
gold medals over the course of her 14-year career wearing the Hockey Canada jersey.
This special event with proud Winnipeg native Botterill is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22 at the Victoria
Inn on Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg, with the reception starting at 6 p.m. CT and dinner set for 7 p.m. MT.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the MTS Iceplex, or by contacting Kathy Bumstead at
204-926-5866 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim Rafter
at 204-926-5882 or email@example.com.
Please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/FWSSC for more
information on the 2013 Female World Sport School Challenge.
The St. Mary’s Academy Flames Prep Team is proud to be the host school for this event.
HOCKEY CANADA SPORT SCHOOLS
The past several years have seen a new trend begin to take shape within the hockey structure in Canada. Sport
schools, as they are now known, were started in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, as well as several
other provinces, to help fill a void that some people felt existed in the hockey structure. These are not
“residential schools,” but rather they attempt to re-align and build new partnerships and relationships with
the Hockey structure and the educational system.
As this appeared to be a growing trend, Hockey Canada felt it was wise to create and develop partnerships
that would see these groups operate within the Hockey Canada family, as opposed to operating outside of the
structure, so that sport school programs can complement as opposed to compete with its structures and
Hockey Canada took the initiative and began a dialogue between all the affected parties, from minor hockey
associations, to branch personnel, to the operators of sport school programs. Hockey Canada’s objective is to
facilitate the integration of school-based hockey programs with the Hockey Canada programming model.