Top female players to gather in Nova Scotia to begin season-long road to 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro
CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team will kick off the 2019-20 season on the East Coast when it heads to Liverpool, N.S., for the annual BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, a training camp aimed at helping develop and evaluate the nation’s top female players.
The camp, set for Sept. 9-15 at the Queens Place Emera Centre, will see players split into two teams – Red and White – for a series of on- and off-ice sessions, including two intrasquad games and two match-ups against local junior hockey clubs over their seven-day stay on the South Shore.
“Council and residents of the Region of Queens Municipality are thrilled that Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team have selected the Queens Place Emera Centre to host the annual Fall Festival,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Hockey fans in the region and across Nova Scotia are excited for the opportunity to watch the top female hockey players in the country, and we look forward to attending the games as the team prepares for the upcoming season.”
The roster for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, will be announced in the coming weeks, but fans can reserve their spot to watch Team Canada by purchasing a ticket package for $20 plus fees and taxes at TicketPro.ca or the Queens Place Emera Centre box office. The package includes one ticket to each of the four games, which run from Sept. 11-14.
“We are excited to bring Canada’s National Women’s Team to the community of Liverpool for seven days of highly-competitive games and practices, and to provide young hockey fans the chance to watch their role models at an affordable price,” said Ryan Robins, director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “This camp will provide fans in Liverpool and surrounding communities the opportunity to watch the top female players in Canada as they begin for the road to the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Nova Scotia next spring.”
All practices are free and open for the public to attend. Media accreditation for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, can be requested online.
“Hockey Nova Scotia continues to focus on the growth and development of the game, and providing opportunities for young girls to play hockey,” said Amy Walsh, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled that Canada’s National Women’s Team is coming to Nova Scotia as we believe this is just one of the many initiatives in the 2019-20 season that will help put female hockey in Nova Scotia in a great place moving forward.”
Halifax and Truro, N.S., will host the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship from March 31-April 10. Canada’s National Women’s Team will look to capture its first world championship gold medal since 2012, and first on home ice since 2007 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man.
Canada’s National Women’s Team has won 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship 10 times, in addition to eight silver medals and one bronze.