FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
-All-Star skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament to take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Dec. 11-
-Regular season games to take place in Kemptville, Gatineau and Ottawa on Dec. 9 and 10-
-Youth and Adult skills clinics run by PWHPA players and coaches to be held on Dec. 10–
-Tickets for games and All-Star Weekend at Canadian Tire Centre will be on sale via Ticketmaster on Nov. 17. Tickets for skills clinics and games in Kemptville and Gatineau available now-
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Nov. 2, 2022 – The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), in partnership with Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) and the Ottawa Senators, today announced details surrounding their first-ever all-star event, set to take place in Ottawa on Sunday, Dec. 11. All four PWHPA teams will also play regular season games in Kemptville, Ont. and Gatineau, Que. on Dec. 9, and at Canadian Tire Centre on Dec. 10 – the complete schedule can be found below.
The Canadian Tire PWHPA All-Star event will see top players from the PWHPA compete in a skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament at Canadian Tire Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators. The Canadian Tire PWHPA All-Star Fan Vote will allow fans to vote for one All-Star player from each team, without regard to position. The top vote-getter from each team will be named as the four Captains of their respective All-Star team. Voting starts today on the PWHPA website and ends Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. The four captains will draft their starting line-up from a pool of 40 additional PWHPA All-Stars, to be selected by PWHPA players, coaches and staff. Tickets for the All-Star Weekend and regular season games at Canadian Tire Centre can be purchased via Ticketmaster starting on Nov. 17. PWHPA Insiders will have the opportunity to purchase presale tickets on Nov. 16 by signing up for the newsletter here.
“When we started planning the 2022-23 season, we knew we wanted to elevate the experience for both players and fans,” said PWHPA Operations Consultant Jayna Hefford. “The All-Star festivities will be another tremendous platform for our athletes to show just how talented they are—and have some fun while doing it. Canadian Tire and the Ottawa Senators have been key partners in making this vision a reality and we know it’ll be a fantastic weekend for everyone involved.”
All-Star events will kick off at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11 at Canadian Tire Centre, with the skills competition set to start at 11 a.m. Players selected by their peers will compete in four skills challenges: fastest skater, accuracy shooting, skills challenge and a breakaway challenge. Players competing in the skills competition will be voted on by their PWHPA peers and do not have to be competing in the All Star game. Following the skills contest, a round-robin tournament of six, ten-minute 3-on-3 games will kick off at 12:30 p.m. The final two teams will compete in the championship.
“Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) is proud to be the title partner of the inaugural PWHPA All-Star Weekend in Ottawa,” said Kim Saunders, Vice President of ESG Strategy, Community Impact and Sports Partnerships. “CTC is committed to celebrating women in hockey at all levels, and empowering young girls across the country to see that they too can be leaders in sport.”
PWHPA players will take part in autograph sessions and meet-and-greets throughout the weekend. The All-Star event will be attended by special guests, to be announced leading up to the weekend.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to host the PWHPA’s first ever All-Star event at Canadian Tire Centre,” said Ottawa Senators Executive VP and CFO Erin Crowe. “Investing in women’s hockey is extremely important to the Senators organization. We hope that having these elite athletes in Ottawa to showcase their skills will create a lasting impact on the next generation of young players.”
The PWHPA will also run skills clinics on Dec.10 for both youth girls ages 6-11 and adult women players 19+ looking to step on the ice and learn from world-class players. Tickets for the clinics can be purchased through Showpass now – Girls 6-11 and Women’s 19+.
Fans can purchase tickets for PWHPA regular season games in Kemptville at North Grenville Municipal Centre here and in Gatineau at Centre Slush Puppie on Dec. 9 now here. These regular season games will count toward season points.
THE CANADIAN TIRE PWHPA ALL-STAR WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
|Dec. 9||4:45 p.m.||Team adidas vs. Team Scotiabank||Kemptville – North Grenville Municipal Centre|
|Dec. 9||8 p.m.||Team Sonnet vs. Team Harvey’s||Gatineau – Centre Slush Puppie|
|Dec. 10||3 p.m.||Team adidas vs. Team Sonnet||Ottawa – Canadian Tire Centre|
|Dec. 10||6:30 p.m.||Team Harvey’s vs. Team Scotiabank||Ottawa – Canadian Tire Centre|
|Dec. 11||11 a.m||All-Star Skills Competition||Ottawa – Canadian Tire Centre|
|Dec. 11||12:30 p.m.||All-Star Game||Ottawa – Canadian Tire Centre|
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.
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