CALGARY, Alta. – The puck drops on the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, hosted in partnership by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Calgary and Girls Hockey Calgary, on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Canada Olympic Park, with eight provincial and regional teams competing in the five-day tournament for the right to face off in the gold medal game Sunday, Nov. 10.
Defending gold medallist Ontario Blue will play in Group A, along with Team Atlantic, British Columbia and Quebec, while Group B consists of last year’s silver medallist Manitoba, bronze medallist Ontario Red, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Ontario Red and Saskatchewan face off in the tournament’s opening game Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. MT, while host team Alberta will take on Manitoba in the opening day’s feature game at 7 p.m. MT. All preliminary round games, as well as the placement games, semifinals and bronze medal game, will be webcast by FASTHockey at www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18. The gold medal game is set for 4 p.m. MT on Sunday, Nov. 10 and will be aired on TSN/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
“We’re thrilled the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship has finally arrived. Our host committee has gone above and beyond to ensure this event is a great success,” event co-chairs Melissa Blades and Christina Rogers said. “We know Calgary will do us proud and show the rest of Canada that we are a hockey city”
The eight rosters feature all 22 players who played with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team and defeated the United States in a three-game series in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August, including Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park, Alta./Edge School, JWHL) and Hannah Miller (North Vancouver, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, JWHL), who helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland, in January.
Development activities taking place during the national championship include a youth Esso Fun Day, which is free of charge and runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. MT on Sunday, Nov. 10; a youth skills session featuring on- and off-ice sessions for female Atom and Peewee players, which costs $40 per person and runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 9; and an adult skills session featuring on- and off-ice sessions for female players age 18 and over, which costs $40 per person and runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 9, all at the Markin MacPhail Centre. For more information, please email Mandi Duhamel, Hockey Canada’s manager of female development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Single-game tickets for the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship are available by clicking HERE. Admission for preliminary round game days is $12 per person, tickets to both placement games and semifinals Saturday, Nov. 9 are $14.50 each and tickets to both the bronze medal and gold medal games Sunday, Nov. 10 cost $17 each, not including applicable fees. Full event ticket packages are also still available, and include access to all 18 games. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship marks the first time Alberta has hosted the event since its 2001 inception in Trois-Rivières, Que. The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is held annually, although it is replaced by the Canada Winter Games every four years. This year’s tournament will help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Girls Hockey Calgary, which was established in 1988 by local women’s hockey advocates Suzanne Jackett and Shannon Miller. Miller went on to win a silver medal as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
The 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship will bring together the best female hockey players born in 1996 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, led by general manager of National Women’s Team programs Melody Davidson, who will evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, in March.
A number of Canadian women’s hockey stars have competed at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, including players who are now centralized in Calgary with Canada’s National Women’s Team in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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 Girls Hockey Calgary, please visit www.girlshockeycalgary.com; for more information on Hockey Calgary please visit www.hockeycalgary.ca; and for more information on Hockey Alberta, please visit www.hockeyalberta.ca.
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