For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that it is partnering with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) to bring some of the best women’s hockey talent in the world, including a total of 44 Olympians, to OHL venues in February 2023. The PWHPA Showcase presented by the OHL will feature regular season Secret® Dream Gap Tour games in Peterborough and Niagara on Friday, February 10 followed by two more in Barrie and Kitchener on Saturday, February 11. The event features Team Scotiabank, Team Harvey’s Team Sonnet and Team adidas.
“The OHL and its participating communities in Peterborough, Niagara, Barrie and Kitchener are exceptionally excited about this new partnership with the PWHPA,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Some of the best women’s hockey players in the world will skate on OHL ice in February, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for the league to assist in the growth and participation in the game for women and girls in our communities.”
Founded in 2019, the PWHPA features four teams comprised of 100 of the world’s best female hockey players and was formed with the goal of creating a sustainable league that provides equity, fairness, and opportunity in women’s professional hockey. Thus far, the 2022-23 Secret® Dream Gap Tour has featured stops in Montreal, Truro, Pittsburgh and Ottawa, with more events across North America to come throughout the second half of the season.
“We’ve been planning this collaboration with the OHL for quite some time now, so we’re excited to finally share details,” said PWHPA Operations Consultant Jayna Hefford. “Throughout the weekend, our players will have access to some of the top facilities and resources in the province that will allow our players to excel. To be able to play in four great hockey cities in one weekend will be a great experience for our players, our current fans and those who may watch women’s hockey for the first time – we’re looking forward to hitting the ice in February.”
Don’t miss these world-class stars as they hit the ice in OHL communities in February! Tickets are available for purchase at any of the four ticketing links below.
- Game 1: Friday, February 10 – Team Harvey’s vs. Team Scotiabank (Peterborough Memorial Centre, 11:00am) – TICKETS
- Game 2: Friday, February 10 – Team adidas vs. Team Sonnet (Meridian Centre, Niagara – 7:00pm) – TICKETS
- Game 3: Saturday, February 11 – Team adidas vs. Team Harvey’s (Sadlon Arena, Barrie – 1:00pm) – TICKETS
- Game 4: Saturday, February 11 – Team Sonnet vs. Team Scotiabank (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, 6:00pm) – TICKETS
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.
About the PWHPA
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance and support a viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women and future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Secret Dream Gap Tour, visit pwhpa.com.
For more information, please contact:
Ontario Hockey League
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association