HOCKEY NS CELEBRATES IIHF WORLD GIRLS' HOCKEY WEEKEND
Oct. 9, 2014
DARTMOUTH – Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada will once again team up with the International Ice Hockey Federation and fellow member nations for World Girls’ Hockey Weekend, taking place Oct. 10-12 in rinks around the globe.
Now in its fourth season, the IIHF has developed World Girls’ Hockey Weekend to help grow the women’s game at all levels, and in all participating countries.
In Canada, this year’s event includes the return of The Long Game, which features five female games running from east to west on Saturday, Oct. 11. In total, more than 2,000 players on 98 teams will play in 49 games across the country, which will run continuously at the Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget and Senior levels.
The first puck drop is set for 9:00 a.m. AST on Saturday in Stephenville, N.L., and the final face-off is at 7 p.m. PT in Whitehorse, Yukon. For the full Long Game schedule, including times and locations in your area, please CLICK HERE. The Long Game score will be cumulative across the country, with updates available at at www.hockeycanada.ca/wghw.
Team Red takes on Team White in Bantam action at the Centennial Arena in Halifax during the 2013 World Girls' Hockey Weekend.
In Nova Scotia, the action begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Spryfield Lions Rink (25 Drysdale Road, Halifax) as the Chebucto Atlantics (Team Red) host the Bedford Blues (Team White). The two teams will start their game using the final score of the Atom game in Stephenville, N.L.
Nova Scotia Long Games will also be played in the following divisions on Saturday:
10 a.m. Atom: Spryfield Lions Rink (25 Drysdale Road, Halifax)
11 a.m. Peewee: Rath Eastlink Community Centre (625 Abenaki Rd, Truro)
12 p.m. Bantam: Eastern Shore Community Centre (67 Park Rd, Musquodoboit Harbour)
1 p.m. Midget: Cape Breton County Arena (305 Keltic Drive, Coxheath)
2 p.m. Senior: Saint Mary’s University Alumni Arena (934 Tower Road, Halifax)
“After the success of The Long Game last year, we could not be more excited to make it even bigger and better, adding more games, more teams and more players,” said Cole Harbour’s Joanne Hughes, chair of Hockey Canada’s Female Council. “World Girls’ Hockey Weekend is truly a nation-wide event, not just with The Long Game but with so many other development activities, and it’s fantastic to watch how Canadians support the events and support the continued growth of the women’s game.”
In arenas across the country, World Girls’ Hockey Weekend is a great way to introduce girls and women to the game in a positive, safe and supportive environment. Additional activities hosted by female and minor hockey associations include Esso Fun Days, skills sessions, coaching clinics, officiating clinics, information sessions, bring-a-friend days and many other fun ways to get out onto the ice, and into Canada’s game.
In Nova Scotia, the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association and the South Shore Minor Hockey Association will each be hosting Hockey Canada Esso Fun Days. Cumberland County’s Esso Fun Day takes place on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium (185 Church St, Amherst) and the South Shore will host their Esso Fun Day on Sunday Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (135 North Park St, Bridgewater).
“This weekend is all about celebrating female hockey and introducing as many female players as we can to our great game,” said Randy Pulsifer, president of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We think this is the perfect way to kick start the hockey season.”