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Apr. 10, 2013

                Dartmouth – 10 April 2013

Over the past week, female hockey was centre stage in our nation’s capital as Ottawa hosted the 2013 World Women’s Hockey Championship. This weekend, it’s Cole Harbour’s turn.

For the sixth consecutive year, female players from across the province will hit the ice to celebrate Canada’s winter pastime. The puck drops on the 6th Annual Female Festival this Friday at Cole Harbour Place. This year's event is sold out at every level except IP (Initiation Program) and more than 400 young hockey players from Yarmouth to Sydney will be getting together to take part in the on and off-ice activities.

     The Female Festival is a year-end event for female hockey players, whether they are registered in the game or not. Players from our Initiation Program right up to Bantam (ages 4 to 14) will be participating in games and skill development sessions throughout the weekend. The event provides three days of fun and excitement for the participants and is meant to promote a love of and passion for Canada’s game.

     “Hockey is a great exercise and it provides an opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends,” says Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council chair Stephen Murray. “And of course, it’s certainly a lot of fun, too.”

     The festival will be led by more than a dozen coaches from across Nova Scotia.

     “There are over 800 more female hockey players playing in Nova Scotia today than there were in 2003,” said Murray. “That’s a trend we want to see continue.”

     Players from last weekend’s Atlantic Female Midget AAA champion Metro Boston Pizza team will also be assisting with on and off-ice activities at the festival.     

     “New players taking to the ice this weekend will have a chance to not only get introduced to the game but they will also have an opportunity to learn the game from some of the best female players in the province,” says Hockey Nova Scotia Executive Darren Cossar.

     The Female Festival begins at 6PM on Friday evening and continues until Sunday afternoon at Cole Harbour Place. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the next generation of great female players in our province. 

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