SARNIA, ON – The city of Sarnia, ON is getting ready to welcome some of the best women players from across
the country as they get set to host the 2005 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship, March 9th to 13th,
with all games being played at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. This year’s Esso Women’s National
Championship features six players from Canada’s National Women’s Team that will be competing at the upcoming
IIHF World Women’s Championship in April in Sweden.
The 2005 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship will be presented by Hockey Canada, the Ontario Women’s
Hockey Association, and by the premier sponsors of Hockey Canada: Imperial Oil - Esso, Bauer NIKE Hockey, RBC
Financial Group, TELUS and TSN/RDS.
The official broadcasters of Hockey Canada: The Sports Network (TSN) and their French equivalent, RDS will
televise both semi-finals for this year’s tournament, which will be a first for any domestic Canadian
Championship. The semi-finals will be played at 10:30am ET and 2:00pm ET on Saturday, March 12. Please check
your local listing for details. The Championship game will be televised on Sunday, March 13, game time is
"Our team of dedicated volunteers has worked extremely hard to make this an enjoyable experience for
everyone involved with the Esso Women’s Nationals," said Fran Rider, Executive Director of the OWHA. "We
strongly believe that everyone taking part will share some great memories as Sarnia welcomes some of the best
female hockey players in Canada."
This year's event will have 10 teams from 9 provinces in 2 pools competing:
||PEI – Prince Edward Island
|Ontario – Brampton Thunder
|Quebec – Montreal Axion
||Newfoundland & Labrador
|Host – Toronto Aeros
This is the second year that the championship will use the new format introduced at last year’s Esso
Women’s Nationals. The teams are seeded into two five team pools based on last year’s finish with the top
seeded teams in pool A. In the A pool, the top two teams after their round robin receive a bye to the semi
finals. The 4th and 5th place teams in the A pool play off in one quarter final, while the 3rd placed
team plays the team that finished 1st (for consistency) in the B pool in the other quarter final on Friday.
The semi finals are on Saturday, March 12th, with the winners advancing to the final game to be broadcast
live on TSN at 3:00 pm MT Sunday, March 13.
In addition to the championship games, there will be several development activities taking place during
the week leading up to the Championship weekend. The first event will be a Hockey Canada Skills camp that
will be held on Saturday, March 5th, followed by Esso FUN days to be held on Sunday March 6th. On
Friday, March 11th, the OWHA and the SSEC will be hosting a Breakfast of Champions on the Championship
Weekend which will feature both an Officiating and a Coaching seminar on Saturday, March 12th. Finally,
on Sunday, March 13th, fans will get a chance to Skate with the Champions from 9:30am to 11:00 am at the
Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. This program will provide a chance for young aspiring female hockey
players to skate with their role models participating in the EWN.
Esso has been involved as the title sponsor of the Women's National Hockey Championship for the past ten
years and has been a long-time premier sponsor of Hockey Canada and of women's hockey. Karen Fraser, the
Marketing Sponsorship Manager for Esso, is pleased with the Development programs for grassroots hockey that
Esso has been such a big part of, "Through the support of programs such as the Esso Medals and
Certificates of Achievement, the Esso Fun Days and the Esso Community Program, Esso along with the
involvement of our Esso branded retailers and associates has been committed to not only supporting the growth
and development of hockey, but also the quality of life in communities all across Canada."
Ticket packages for the 2005 Esso Women’s Championship are still available. Tournament passes for all 29
games, including all medal games, can be purchased for $59.00. Individual day passes for round robin games
are $12 while semi finals and medal games tickets are $15. Group discounts are available by contacting Paula
Haley at 519-541-1000 ext. 104.