THE COUNTDOWN'S ON! THE PUCK DROPS ON THE LONG GAME IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS
Oct. 10, 2013
HALIFAX, NS – When the puck is dropped at 7am on Saturday morning in Mount Pearl, NFLD, it will kick-start a celebration of female hockey that will be felt right across the country.
This weekend, Hockey Nova Scotia joins Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation in celebrating the 3rd annual World Girls Hockey Weekend. It is an event which aims to celebrate the female game, unite Canadians in growing women’s hockey, and provide grassroots programming from coast to coast that allows girls and women of all ages to discover the sport, grow their skills and enjoy everything lacing up skates and stepping onto the ice has to offer.
The marquee event of this weekend’s celebration is the Long Game. The Long Game is actually four separate games that will be played from coast-to-coast in four divisions of female hockey: Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. In total, 1,584 players on 88 teams will play in 44 games across the country, which will run continuously at the four levels.
“World Girls’ Hockey Weekend continues to get bigger and better every year, and we’re incredibly excited to incorporate the first-ever female Long Game into this year’s festivities,” said Hockey Canada’s female council chair Joanne Hughes. “From the east coast to the west coast, girls and women of all ages will be lacing up their skates and picking up their sticks this weekend to have fun and help the female game continue to grow both in our own country and around the world.”
The games will begin in Newfoundland on the morning of Saturday, October 12th and continue in each province (as well as Nunavut and the Northwest Territories) throughout the day, wrapping up at 5PM PST in Parksville, BC. The score from each game will carry over to the next game in the next province as teams represent Team Red and Team White in their respective divisions.
The following is a list of the games that will be played in Nova Scotia:
The Atom Game: 8am at the Al MacInnis Sport Centre in Port Hood.
The Peewee Game: 9am at the Westville Miners’ Sports Centre in Pictou County.
The Bantam Game: 10am at the Centennial Arena in Halifax.
The Midget Game: 11am at the East Hants Sportsplex in East Hants.
Hockey Nova Scotia president Randy Pulsifer and Joanne Hughes, Hockey Canada’s female council chair, will both be in attendance at the Bantam game taking place at 10am at the Centennial Arena in Halifax. They will be available for interviews.
Follow @HockeyNS on Twitter for updates on all four games as they are played across the province.
For more information and a complete schedule of World Girls Hockey Weekend events, please visit: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Female/WGHW/Long-Game/2013
We hope to see you at the rink this weekend!