CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Thursday the 2013-14 schedule for Canada’s National Women’s Team, including the upcoming Icebreaker Tournament, more than 30 games against Alberta Midget Hockey League teams and several international exhibition games.
In total, the 27 players centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team will play close to 50 games in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which take place Feb. 8-20 in Sochi, Russia.
The Olympic season kicks off with two exhibition games against Russia. Canada’s National Women’s Team is currently training in Sochi, and will take on the Olympic hosts this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT) and Tuesday, Sept. 10, also at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT).
Canada’s National Women’s Team then returns to its home in Calgary for the Icebreaker Tournament, which features three AMHL teams and runs Thursday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre. Canada faces off against the Calgary Flames, South East Athletic Club Tigers and Strathmore Bisons at Hockey Canada’s home arena at Canada Olympic Park.
”On behalf of the AMHL executive and governors, we are honoured and privileged to again have the opportunity to help Canada’s National Women’s Team on its road to Sochi, Russia,” Alberta Midget Hockey League vice-president Bob Olynyk said. “We can’t wait for the puck to drop on what will be an exciting and entertaining 2013-14 season.”
Following the tournament, the Midget Series starts with a game against the Calgary Royals at 7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and concludes with a game against the Calgary Buffaloes at 2 p.m. MT on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, just before Canada’s National Women’s Team returns to Sochi for Olympic competition. Canada will travel across Alberta for other series exhibition games, with several counting toward AMHL regular season standings in order to ensure a high level of competitiveness.
Tickets to the Icebreaker Tournament that takes place Sept. 19-22 are $5 each for a day pass or $15 apiece for a full event pass, which provides access to all eight games over four days and amounts to $5 in savings. Tickets are available at the door only.
Single-game tickets to National Women’s Team Midget Series at the Markin MacPhail Centre throughout the 2013-14 season cost $5 each, with free access for children under 12 years old who are wearing their hockey team’s jersey. Please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/tickets for more information. Check with your local Midget AAA team for prices in your area.
During the 2009-10 season, Canada’s National Women’s Team played 30 games against AMHL teams in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., where Canada won its third straight Olympic gold medal.
“Our games against Alberta’s talented Midget AAA teams are extremely important in preparing us for Olympic competition,” Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach Dan Church said. “We are grateful to have the AMHL welcome us back for another season, and help us get ready to defend our gold medal on behalf of our country.”
Canada’s National Women’s Team centralization roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 15 forwards, as well as 13 gold medallists from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Twenty-two of the centralized players also claimed the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship this April in Ottawa, Ont.
Details on the 2013 4 Nations Cup in Lake, Placid. N.Y., and the pre-Olympic series between Canada and the United States will be announced in the near future.
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