2019 girls global game calgary

Girls go global

Calgary hosted female players from every corner of the country for the Canadian leg of the IIHF Global Girls’ Game

Jason La Rose
February 21, 2019

The scoreboard read 5-4 in favour of Team Red (representing Team Blue), but the 2019 edition of the IIHF Global Girls’ Game was about much more than what happened on the ice Feb. 16.

Calgary welcomed 40 Bantam-aged players from coast to coast to coast for the fourth-annual event; the nine Hockey Canada members outside Alberta and Ontario sent two players each, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association supplied six players, and the rest of the roster was comprised of players from across Alberta.

The main event was the game, but the goal of the weekend was to empower the players by allowing them to build together, learn from one another, form relationships, gain greater self-confidence, encourage good citizenship and create a positive and fun memory in their hockey careers.

“When I think about hockey I rarely think about whether we win or lose,” said Oakville, Ont., native Sierra MacDonald. “The things I think about are when we hang out at the hotel, have fun together, go to dinners; I think about the friendships.”

Players arrived late Friday afternoon, with a full day of activities planned for Saturday.

A tour of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic Park and an event at the Calgary Climbing Centre were sandwiched around the game at the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

It was back to Canada Olympic Park on Sunday for off-ice training and a tour of the Hockey Canada facility, including a Q&A session with a handful of female Hockey Canada staff who talked about their minor hockey experiences and how the life-skills they learned helped them forge a career in the game.

Then it was back to the airport to wrap up a whirlwind 44 hours for everyone involved.

“I was so excited,” said Maiya Nadrowski, who travelled from Iqaluit, Nvt., as one of the Hockey North representatives. “I thought it was such a great opportunity and such a great experience because it’s something that you don’t do very often.”

The IIHF Global Girls’ Game began Saturday morning in New Zealand (Friday afternoon in Canada) and journeyed through 40 countries in 44 hours, including stops in Japan, Malaysia, Macedonia, Spain, South Africa and Argentina, among others.

Blue finished with a 137-135 win over White thanks to Canada’s National Women’s Team; its 2-0 victory over the United States in the finale of the Rivalry Series served as the U.S. portion of the global game.

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
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