DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship starts Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the EnCana Events Centre, with eight provincial and regional teams hitting the ice in a battle for the gold medal, which will be decided Sunday, Nov. 11.
Defending gold medallist Ontario Red is playing in Group A, along with Team Atlantic, British Columbia and
Saskatchewan, while Group B consists of last year’s silver medallist Quebec, bronze medallist Manitoba,
Alberta and Ontario Blue.
Alberta and Manitoba face off in the tournament’s opening game Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. MT, while host team
British Columbia will take on Saskatchewan 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 Nov. 10, with the bronze medal game set for
noon MT and the semifinal winners facing off for the gold medal at 4 p.m. MT on Nov. 11.
All preliminary round games, as well as the placement games, semifinals and bronze medal game, will be
webcast at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com, while the
gold medal game will be broadcast on TSN2/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada.
“We can’t wait for the first puck to drop here in Dawson Creek,” said Chante Patterson-Elden, chair of the
host committee for the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship. “The entire community is buzzing with
excitement as the top female under-18 players from across the country prepare to go for gold at the EnCana
The eight rosters competing at this year’s national championship include 21 of the 22 players who were
members of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States in
Blaine, Minn., in August, and five players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic, in
Additionally, of the 23 players named recently to Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2012 4 Nations
Cup in Kerava and Tikkurila, Finland, 15 are alumnae of the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, including
2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medallists Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston,
Marie-Philip Poulin and Catherine Ward.
This will be the fourth time British Columbia has hosted the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, with
Surrey welcoming the event in 2009 and Salmon Arm holding the January 2005 and November 2005 editions of the
tournament. Ontario Red has won the gold medal all seven times since the event’s 2001 inception in
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship brings together teams made up of the best female hockey players
born in 1995 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, led by head
scout of women’s national team programs Melody Davidson, who are evaluating candidates for the Canadian
contingent that will compete at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship next January in
Vierumäki, Finland, as well as at other international events.
Single-game tickets for the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship cost just $10 apiece for day games
and $15 per person for evening games. Full-event ticket packages for access to all 18 games are available for
$99, plus applicable fees, by clicking HERE. Ticket packages to all evening games are available for $45, plus applicable fees, by
clicking HERE, while ticket packages to all weekend games are available for $75, plus applicable fees,
by clicking HERE. Please visit www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com for more information.
Development activities taking place during the national championship include clinics and hot stove panels
for female coaches and officials, local elementary school visits by teams competing at the national
championship, intermission mini-games, and programs such as Esso Puck Drop, McDonald’s In The Line-Up and
Experience a Dream, which all give young female players the chance to step onto the ice alongside the top
under-18 players from across the country. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Hockey
Canada’s manager of schools programs, Kevin Bathurst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For more information on the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c, and follow all the action
from Dawson Creek via social media at www.facebook.com/womensu18 and www.twitter.com/hc_nwu18.