Press release courtesy of the Arizona Coyotes.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club will be bringing in 34 players from Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) to compete in three exhibition games as part of the Dream Gap Tour from March 6-8. All games will be played at Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Arizona.
Notable players competing in the games include Kendall Coyne (USA), Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN), Brianna Decker (USA), Ann-Renee Desbiens (CAN), Rebecca Johnston (CAN), Lee Stecklein (USA) and Sarah Nurse (CAN). The teams will be captained by Katie McGovern from Scottsdale (University of Minnesota Duluth forward) and Makenna Newkirk from Scottsdale (Captain of Boston College Women’s Team). Final team rosters will be listed at a later date.
The complete schedule for the three games is listed below.
- Friday March 6th @ 7:30pm (Team Newkirk vs Team McGovern)
- Saturday March 7th @ 3:00pm (Team Newkirk vs Team McGovern)
- Sunday March 8th @ 12:30pm (PWHPA Stars vs Coyotes Alumni)
“The PWHPA is extremely excited to bring the Dream Gap Tour to Arizona,” said Jayna Hefford, Executive Director of the PWHPA. “We know Arizona is a growing hockey market and we are excited to showcase the best talent in women’s hockey.”
“We are extremely excited to bring the Dream Gap Tour to Arizona to showcase the elite talent of women’s professional hockey in our market,” said Arizona Kachinas President and Olympic silver medalist Lyndsey Fry. “Girls hockey is booming in Arizona with the growth of our Kachinas girls hockey program and we are eager to see how this event accelerates that growth even further. As a former National Team player, it is an honor to support the advancement of our game alongside the Arizona Coyotes.”
Tickets starting at $30 per game for the Dream Gap Tour will go on sale to the public on Monday, February 3 at www.arizonacoyotes.com/dreamgaptickets. Premier packages include admission to a Coyotes hosted gala with PWHPA Players on Saturday, March 7, which includes dinner and player meet and greets. All proceeds from the event will benefit the PWHPA and the Arizona Kachinas Girls Hockey Association.
Players from the Dream Gap Tour will also serve as guest coaches for three separate Coyotes skills clinics with local girl hockey players. Dates and times of the clinics will be announced at a later date. Autograph sessions with players and alumni will take place throughout the weekend.