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Canada opens vs. Russia

Canada opens vs. Russia

Schedule for U18 Women’s Worlds confirmed

Published 27.11.2015 06:10 GMT-5 | Author Hockey Canada
Canada opens vs. Russia
Canada had two hard-fought wins against Russia at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, USA, a 3-2 edging in the preliminary round and a 3-1 semi-final victory. Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Excitement for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship is mounting in St. Catharines.

Adding to the buzz surrounding the event are two prominent signs of its impending arrival – new decals for the Meridian Centre, and the official release of the tournament schedule following the 2015 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress.

“This event has been months in the making, and to have the schedule available and in-hand makes it much more real. The Meridian Centre is all decked out, we are rallying our staff and volunteers, and when the teams arrive in January, we will be ready to greet them with the best of what St. Catharines has to offer,” said Bill Fenwick, event chair of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship.

“We’re committed to deliver on our promise to make this year’s championship a memorable one for the teams and their fans, and to the businesses and residents of St. Catharines.”

The newly-decaled Meridian Centre reminds locals and visitors alike that something huge is coming – and the full tournament schedule has been released. While most games will take place at the Meridian Centre – including Canada’s tournament-opener against Russia on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. – the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre will host a total of four games throughout the tournament.

The bronze-medal game is set for Friday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m., and the gold-medal game will follow at 7:30 p.m. – both at the Meridian Centre. Full-tournament ticket packages are still available.

The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and the Niagara Sport Commission, and will feature eight teams – Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States – and takes place 8-15 January 2016.

The championship is a showcase event for the future of women’s hockey; 16 players who were on the ice for the gold-medal game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games competed at the U18 world championship – seven for Canada and nine for the United States.

"The growth of the female game in Ontario, Canada and the world has been built on the base of hosting great events like the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship," said Fran Rider, president of the OWHA.

"In partnering with the Niagara Sport Commission and Hockey Canada on this event we are collectively working toward a long-term legacy of the event, which will be more girls playing the game of hockey and becoming fans of the female game both locally and around the world."


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