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Mar. 11, 2020

We are disappointed to announce that the upcoming Hockey Nova Scotia Female Festival has been cancelled.

We want you to know that we are currently in the process of issuing refunds for both the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Festival registration fee and any additional 2020 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship tickets that were purchased through the special Female Festival offer. 

If you paid by credit card, you will receive an email confirming the refund by Monday, March 16. Please note, it can take up to 10 days for the refund to appear on your credit card statement. 

If you paid by e-transfer, a cheque will be mailed to the address on file on March 16, 2020. Please allow for up to five days for Canada Post delivery.

We ask for (and appreciate) your patience throughout this process.

Cancelling this event was one of the hardest things that we have had to do in a long time. Since the cancellation of the Women’s Worlds last weekend, we have worked hard with Hockey Canada to try to ensure that the Female Festival would continue. We were hoping to have members of the national women’s team take part in the event. However, at the time, the risks are too high to continue with the Female Festival and safety must be our top priority.

The Nova Scotians involved with the national women’s team are disappointed that they will not be able to take part in the event. But this is not the end of the Female Festival. It will be held next year when the Women’s Worlds returns to Nova Scotia in 2021.

“While we are devastated by the news that we won’t host the Women’s World this year in Nova Scotia, I was thrilled to see that hundreds of girls had signed up for the Female Festival,” national women’s team veteran Jill Saulnier said.

“It just goes to show how much love and support we have here at home and we already have our sights set on next year’s opportunity in Halifax and Truro,” Saulnier continued. 

“One of the best parts about being a member of Team Canada is having the opportunity to attend and participate in community events across the country,” national women’s team forward Blayre Turnbull said. 

“As a group, we were really looking forward to participating in the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Festival that had over 700 girls registered. As disappointed as we are, we are all excited and eager to get to Nova Scotia for the IIHF Women’s Worlds in 2021 and we can’t wait to see everyone at the Scotiabank Centre,” the Stellarton, N.S. native added.

“Hockey Canada‘s national women’s team was so excited to hear that over 700 aspiring athletes were registered for the Female Festival,” national women’s team head coach Troy Ryan said. 

“Although we are saddened with the cancellation of this event, we are looking forward to seeing even more girls signed up next year as we show the world how strong – and how supportive – female hockey is in Nova Scotia,” Ryan said.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to thank the 2020 World Women’s Legacy Development Committee and the Female Festival organizing committee for their hard work and vision throughout the planning of this event.

The Female Festival will be held in 2021 when the Women’s Worlds return to Nova Scotia. The planning begins now. We want to grow our numbers. We know that the event will be bigger and better than ever before.

We will send out more details on the 2021 Female Festival in the fall. We hope you will sign up again then. We can’t wait.

It’s still our time.

Amy Walsh
Executive Director
Hockey Nova Scotia

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