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2006 4 Nations Cup in Kitchener Featuring Top Ranked Women's Teams in World Set to Begin on November 7h
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November 2, 2006
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KITCHENER, ON – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) and the City of Kitchener, is set to host the world’s top women’s hockey nations at the 2006 4 Nations Cup in Kitchener, ON from November 7-11. All games will be played at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (The Aud) and will showcase the world’s four highest ranked countries in women’s hockey: Canada, Finland, Sweden and USA.

This year’s 4 Nations Cup event takes place during Hockey Canada Week, a national recognition of hockey across Canada, that is celebrated from November 4th to 11th.  The 4 Nations Cup is one of many events and initiatives happening this week, check www.hockeycanada.ca for more details.

As well as being the two-time defending Olympic women’s hockey champions, Canada is the reigning 4 Nations Cup champion after claiming victory at last year’s tournament in Finland. Canada has won eight (’05, ‘04, ’02, ’01, ’00, ’99, ’98, ’96) of ten Nation Cup events, dating back to the inaugural event in 1996 (USA won in 19).

Canada has hosted the Nations Cup on three previous occasions. In 2002, when Kitchener hosted this event for the first time, Canada defeated USA 4-2 in the gold medal final. In 1999, Canada defeated USA 3-2 in the 3 Nations final in Montreal, QC while Ottawa, ON saw Canada defeat USA 1-0 in the 1996 3 Nations Cup final.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Tickets for the 2006 4 Nations Cup are still available for purchase by calling 1-800-265-8977 or 1-519-578-1570 or online at www.centre-square.com or www.ticketmaster.ca.

Ticket pricing:

Non-Team Canada games - $7.00

Team Canada games - $25.00

Gold Medal game - $35.00

* Group ticket prices are available by calling 1-519-741-2554 or via email by contacting michelle.macdonald@kitchener.ca.

TSN/RDS TO BROADCAST TWO GAMES LIVE FROM 2006 4 NATIONS CUP ON NOVEMBER 7TH AND 11TH

TSN/RDS will be carrying two games live from the 2006 4 Nations Cup in Kitchener, ON.  On Tuesday, November 7th, TSN/RDS will broadcast Canada’s first game vs. USA, starting at 7:30 pm (Eastern).  TSN/RDS will also air the gold medal final live on Saturday, November 11th at 4:00 pm (Eastern). 

SPECIAL CAPTAIN’S RECOGNITION NIGHT ON NOVEMBER 10th

On Friday, November 10th, prior to the start of the Canada vs. Finland game, Hockey Canada will be paying tribute to the five captains that have led Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1990.  Four of the five captains - France St-Louis, Stacey Wilson, Therese Brisson and Cassie Campbell - will be on-hand for the on-ice presentation.  Sue Scherer, the first captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, is not able to attend due to a previous commitment.

TEAM CANADA OPENS ALL PRACTICES TO THE PUBLIC

Team Canada’s practices will be open to the public free of charge during the 2006 4 Nations Cup.  The practice schedule is as follows (all times listed are local - ET:

DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Sunday, Nov 5th 4:00 pm Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Monday, Nov 6th 12:30 pm Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Tuesday, Nov 7th 9:00 am Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Wednesday, Nov 8th 12:00 pm Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Thursday, Nov 9th 2:30 pm Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Friday, Nov 10th 12:00 pm Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)
Saturday, November 11th TBD Practice – Team Canada The Aud (Kitchener, ON)

IMPORTANT NOTE – Practice times are subject to change and practices could be cancelled.  Call The Aud Information Line to confirm practice times: (519) 741-2699

For more information on the 2006 4 Nations Cup, Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team, go to www.hockeycanada.ca


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

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