PHILADELPHIA (February 28, 2020) – The much-anticipated Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Philadelphia Women’s Hockey Showcase is sold out to the general public ahead of the weekend showcase. The PWHPA sold out of tickets across both days of the showcase which was created to benefits its mission to promote, and advance a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America.
“This is going to be a remarkable weekend, with the best talent in women’s professional hockey in North America coming together in Philadelphia for the first time ever,” said Jayna Hefford, Olympian and Operations Consultant of the PWHPA. “Selling out this weekend is a testament to our dedicated fan base and further reinforces our mission of creating a sustainable league. The lasting impact that this weekend will have on the next generation of players is indescribable and we can’t wait to show fans all of the talent these women have to offer.”
The showcase is part of a bigger “Dream Gap Tour” benefiting the PWHPA, Flyers Charities and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and will take place February 29 – March 1, 2020 at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees. The weekend’s events will consist of a four-team tournament over two days, showcasing the world’s best female hockey players including Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Brianne Jenner, Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse among others. All tournament games will take place at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, home of the Philadelphia Flyers training facility, with the championship game taking place on Sunday, March 1.
The PWHPA Dream Gap Tour was created to draw attention to the fact that there currently is not a league that consistently showcases the best product of women’s hockey in the world, pays its players a living wage and has the infrastructure to set the game up to succeed. Such a league would represent an important step in closing the dream gap between young boys and girls. A young boy can lace up his skates and imagine himself circling the ice in his favorite professional team’s jersey as the crowd chants his name. He dreams it, because he’s seen it countless times. There is no realistic equivalent for aspiring female hockey players to imagine their futures.
About Flyers Charities:
For over 40 years, Flyers Charities, the organizing foundation behind the Carnival, has raised more than $29 million to support a multitude of worthy non-profit organizations across the Greater Philadelphia Region that provide educational and recreational resources to underserved youth, engage in important medical and healthcare research, and promote countless community investment initiatives to positively influence the community. These organizations include American Cancer Society, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michael’s Way, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army and Simon’s Heart.
About Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation:
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation uses the sport of ice hockey to educate young people to succeed in the game of life. The mission is to build lives and unite communities. All Snider Hockey programs are delivered at no cost to under-resourced boys and girls. The programs uniquely blend a first rate hockey program with character development, life skills, physical fitness, nutrition, and a healthy dose of academics designed to keep our youth on-track for on-time graduation and post-secondary enrollment. The end goal is to turn out productive citizens who understand the importance of giving back to their community.
About Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA):
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance, and support a single, 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 during the 2019-2020 season and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women today and for future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Dream Gap tour visit www.pwhpa.com.
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