March 31, 2023
We're just days away from the start of the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Women's World Championships (WWC) and the excitement around the event is beginning to heat up. This year's WWC is to be hosted by Hockey Canada in partnership with the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) with Ontario's City of Brampton and the City's CAA Centre being ground zero for the event.
While the WWC's on-ice battles will be the primary focus for fans, participating teams and organizers alike throughout the 12-day tournament, Hockey Canada and the OWHA have put together an extraordinary schedule of community events that will help hockey fans and local residents experience the deep sense of community spirit that surrounds the pinnacle event in the world of women's hockey.
To kick things off, six different local communities from across Southern Ontario were chosen to host the defending World Champions Team Canada and teams from Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States as part of Pre-Tournanment Events scheduled to help each team prepare for the WWC.
Each of these six communities play host to seven pre-tournament games between March 29 - April 2nd and will feature all 10 competing teams. These six communities include Niagara, Whitby, North York, Mississauga, Aurora and Barrie.
Exhibition Games & Team Training Events
Friday March 31, 2023
City of Barrie - Team Switzerland vs Team Germany, 7:30pm, Sadlon Arena
North York - Team Japan vs Team Hungary, Canlan Sports Arena, 7:00pm
Saturday April 1, 2023
Niagara Falls - Team Canada vs Team Finland, Saturday April 1st, 7:00pm, Gale Centre
WATCH: Hockey Canada Livestream: Team Canada vs Team Finland (Pre-Tournament Action)
Aurora - Free Open Practice - Team Sweden - Aurora Community Centre, McAlpine Lincoln Arena, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Aurora - Autograph Session - Team Sweden - Aurora Community Centre, McAlpine Lincoln Arena, Saturday April 1st, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sunday April 2, 2023
Aurora - Team Sweden vs Team Switzerland, Aurora Community Centre, Lincoln Ford Arena, Puck Drop 2pm and Doors Open 12:30pm
Mississauga - Team France vs Team Japan, Port Credit Memorial Arena, 3:00pm and Doors Open 2:15pm
North York - Team Germany vs Team Hungary, Canlan Sports Arena, 7:00pm
Tim Horton's Community Rink Events
In addition to the Pre-Tournament exhibition games and events scheduled, there will also be a number of pre-registration and open community events hosted at Brampton's CAA Centre prior to and during the IIHF Women's World Championship. Events* as part of the Tim Horton's Community Rink including Try Hockey (Youth & Adult Women), Try Goalie (Youth), Try Ball Hockey, Community Free Skates, Coaches Clinics, Officials Clinic, and Esso Fun Days.
"to involve local communities who play such a vital role in growing the sport at the grassroots level", Marin Hickox, Director of Women and Girls Hockey, Hockey Canada
The importance of hosting these types of community outreach events cannot be overstated. As Hockey Canada's Marin Hickox, Director of Women and Girls Hockey shared in the official press release to introduce the launch of Tim Horton's Community Rinks Events, "hosting the IIHF Women’s World Championship is an incredible opportunity for us to be able to celebrate not just the best women’s hockey players in the world on the ice, but to involve local communities who play such a vital role in growing the sport at the grassroots level”.
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Blog by Caroline Wiley. Caroline bridged her 20+ years of professional experience in the sport and recreation industry together with her passions for photography and supporting women in sport to create SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her vision is to create a welcoming space where active women find a sense of belonging within their own local community, see themselves in authentic and awe-inspiring ways and find resources to help them be their best active selves.
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