CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, Hockey Calgary and Girls Hockey Calgary, announced Monday the game schedule and full-tournament ticket packages for the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, taking place Nov. 6-10 at Hockey Canada’s home arena, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Eight provincial and regional entries will face off at the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship. 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. The top two teams from each group in the preliminary round will play in semifinals Saturday, Nov. 9, with the bronze medal game and gold medal game both scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10.
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 broadcast on TSN/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada.
Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Calgary and Girls Hockey Calgary also announced Monday that full event ticket packages are now being offered at a special discount of $60, plus applicable fees, resulting in total savings of 18 per cent over single-day passes. Purchase a ticket package before Sunday, Sept. 15 to receive a free event program and an entry into a draw to win a jersey autographed by Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Full event ticket packages include access to all 18 games, including preliminary round games, placement games, semifinals and both the bronze and gold medal games. To buy your ticket package to the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, please CLICK HERE. For more information on event tickets, please email email@example.com.
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.
The 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, as well as at other international events.
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.
- Meghan Agosta-Marciano (Jan. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Gillian Apps (2001 – Ontario Red)
- Vicki Bendus (Jan. 2005 – Ontario Blue; Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Courtney Birchard (Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Bailey Bram (2007 – Manitoba)
- Mélodie Daoust (2007, 2008, 2009 – Quebec)
- Laura Fortino (2007, 2008 – Ontario Red)
- Haley Irwin (Jan. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Brianne Jenner (Nov. 2005 – Ontario Blue; 2007, 2008 – Ontario Red)
- Rebecca Johnston (Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Jocelyne Larocque (Jan. 2005, Nov. 2005 – Manitoba)
- Marie-Philip Poulin (Nov. 2005, 2007, 2008 – Quebec)
- Lauriane Rougeau (Nov. 2005, 2007 – Quebec)
- Natalie Spooner (Nov. 2005, 2007 – Ontario Red)
- Jennifer Wakefield (Jan. 2005, Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Catherine Ward (Jan. 2005 – Quebec)
- Tara Watchorn (2007 – Ontario Red)
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.
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