The Town of Aurora is set to host a pre-tournament game to some of the world’s top female hockey teams! The 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship Pre-Tournament Game is coming to Aurora with Teams Sweden and Switzerland facing off on Sunday, April 2 at the Aurora Community Centre.
In mid-January, the Town entered a bid to be considered as one of the local community locations to host the IIHF women’s pre-tournament training camp and exhibition game. We are pleased to be an official stop on their pathway to the championship!
“I am thrilled that our Town will be hosting a professional international women’s hockey game and I am honoured to welcome Teams Sweden and Switzerland to Aurora,” said Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Our Town is a strong supporter of sport and as part of the Town’s Sport Plan, work is being done to celebrate women in sport and cultivate the journey of young female athletes. Hosting this game in our community helps inspire and support women and girls in sport.”
To celebrate this pre-tournament game, the Town is committed to providing some exciting opportunities for the community to enjoy including:
• Participate in a free skate on Saturday, March 18 at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pfaff arena.
• Attend a free open practice, where you can watch Team Sweden practice their hockey skills and sign autographs for the community on Saturday, April 1at the Aurora Community Centre in the McAlpine Lincoln Arena. Open practice is from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by an autograph session from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Buy tickets to watch the Pre-Tournament Game on Sunday, April 2 at Aurora Community Centre in the Lincoln Ford Arena. Team Sweden vs. Team Switzerland. The puck drop is at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets for the pre-tournament game can be purchased through Active Net by visiting aurora.ca/wwc. For group sales, please email Collin Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the sponsors for these pre-tournament events: Canadian Tire Aurora, Lind Reality Team, McAlpine Ford, The Key Advantage Team, New Roads Toyota, Pfaff Automotive and The Aurora Armoury. As well, thank you to our partners for this overall event: Central York Girls Hockey Association, Aurora JR A Tigers, Aurora Minor Hockey Association, SEEWHATSHECANDO, Aurora Holiday Inn & Suites, the Aurora Armoury and CrossFit Aurora Central.
For more information on the local events leading up to the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship Pre-Tournament Game in Aurora, visit aurora.ca/wwc. To learn more about Hockey Canada and the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.
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