CALGARY, AB – After successfully hosting the 2005 Under 18 Women’s Hockey Challenge last January, Hockey
Canada announced on Thursday that the City of Salmon Arm, BC will host the newly titled 2005 National Women’s
Under 18 Hockey Championship for the second straight year from November 9-13, 2005.
In an attempt to top last year’s total attendance of 16,393 over the 18 game event, the host committee is
offering a special Tournament Pass that will include one ticket to each game at the event plus one ticket to
a Team Canada World Junior exhibition game. The Team Canada game will either be in Kamloops, BC on Dec. against Russia or in Kelowna, BC on Dec. against the Czech Republic. Single game ticket prices
will also be available and range between $3-$5 for round robin games and $4-$8 for semi final and medal round
games. Single game group packages are also available for all games.
“BC Hockey is very pleased to once again have Salmon Arm involved with the hosting of the 2005 National
Women’s Under 18 Hockey Championship. We anticipate that this year’s event will be second to none and
of the same high quality as other events they have hosted.” said Fred Heslop, President of the BC
Amateur Hockey Association (BCAHA).
Beyond the 2005 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship, Salmon Arm has previously hosted several
provincial sporting events, including the 2005 Pacific Midget Regional Championship, the 2003 Provincial
Men’s Curling Championship, the 2003 BCAHA Midget AAA Provincials and the 2000 BCAHA Bantam AA
“We are very excited that Hockey Canada has the confidence in our community to host this event for a
second consecutive year. There is no doubt that the passion in our community will once again exceed all
of our expectations,” said Committee Chair Tony Burge.
The National Under-18 Women's Hockey Championship is an event that brings together the top under 18 aged
women’s players from across Canada. Teams participating include a combination of regional and provincial
teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, two teams from Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic
(New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland).
Alumnus of Canada’s National Under-18 Women’s Program include current National Women Team members, Kelly
Béchard (1993, Team Saskatchewan), Becky Kellar (1993, Team Ontario), Cheryl Pounder (1993, Team Ontario),
Hayley Wickenheiser (1993, Team Alberta), Caroline Ouellette (1997, Team Qebec), Cherie Piper (1997, Team
Ontario) and Sarah Vaillancourt (2001, Team Quebec).
The National Under-18 Women's Hockey Championship is part of Hockey Canada’s Women’s High Performance
Program, to complement provincial women’s hockey efforts and prepare players for future international and
high level training and competitions.