QUEBEC CITY, Que. –
The preliminary-round match-ups and game times are set for the 2017
National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quebec City, scheduled for Nov.
1-5 at ExpoCité’s Pavillon de la jeunesse.
The full event
schedule, featuring the host team from Quebec opening its tournament
against Manitoba at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, sees all eight teams
take part in three days of
preliminary-round action to determine which four teams will move on to the
semifinals, slated for Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET.
“For the first time ever, the City of Quebec will host the National Women’s
Under-18 Championship. Under the slogan I’ll remember Quebec, our
team of dedicated volunteers has made every effort to ensure that this
event becomes an unforgettable experience for both participants and
visitors,” said Camille Bernier, chair of the local organizing committee of
the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship. “I invite you to come and
see the best Canadian female players under the age of 18 in action as they
go for gold at this national championship. These players are our national
team’s future; be part of those who can say ‘I saw her play in Quebec City
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is a result of the collaboration
between Hockey Canada, and this year’s hosts, Hockey Quebec and the local
host organizing committee.
“We have the opportunity to welcome to our beautiful provincial capital the
National Women’s Under-18 Championship,” said Paul Ménard, executive
director of Hockey Quebec. “I am thrilled to invite you, on behalf of
Hockey Quebec, our dedicated volunteers, staff, and board of directors, to
support and cheer on our best young players from the province and across
Canada as they go for gold. We’re proud of the high level of talent and
skill that exists amongst Quebec’s female hockey players. I’d like to take
this opportunity to wish all of the event’s participants the best of luck.”
As in past years, the gold-medal game will be broadcast by TSN and RDS,
Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners, and is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m.
PT on Sunday, Nov. 5.
The national championship, which began in 2001, features eight teams from
across the country: Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario
Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
The 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship will bring together teams
made up of the best female hockey players born in 2000 or later. The
tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts who
evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the
IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, as well as at other international
Historically, the event has netted more than $1.5 million in economic
impact for the host region, and as with all Hockey Canada events, net
proceeds are redirected to support the growth of the game locally.
Ticket packages for the event are available
A number of Canadian women’s hockey stars have competed at the National
Women’s Under-18 Championship, including two-time Olympic gold-medallist
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.), who is the
tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 30 points in 15 games.
For more information on the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship,
please visit HockeyCanada.ca, and follow
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