TORONTO, ON. – The puck is set to drop on the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s 10th season this weekend. The season will open Saturday as the Calgary Inferno host the Brampton Thunder for a two-game series, a replay of last year’s Clarkson Cup Semi-Final. Game time is 7:45 pm MT Saturday at WinSport before Game Two shifts to the Calgary Stampede Corral on Sunday at 9:15 am MT.
North America’s second oldest women’s professional sporting league, the CWHL will recognize the decade milestone, the league’s incredible heritage, and its alumni throughout the upcoming season by hosting a series of Heritage Games and 10th season celebrations in partnership with each team.
“The start of the new season is always an exciting time but in 2016-17 it holds even more meaning for the CWHL,” CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress said. “ The 10th season milestone is an incredible achievement for any sporting league and one we look forward to celebrating with all those who helped pave the way for the growth of the women’s game in the past decade. “
With a new season comes new faces and a talented rookie class that includes some of the best in the game. The Clarkson Cup Champions Calgary Inferno see their goaltending line-up strengthened with the addition of Hockey Canada goaltender and Harvard University graduate Emerance Maschmeyer, as well as the arrival of Genevieve Lacasse from Boston.
The GTA’s Brampton Thunder and Toronto Furies benefit from the additions of Clarkson University NCAA Frozen Four Champions Erin Ambrose, Renata Fast and Shannon MacAulay whilst in Montreal, Team Canada members Sarah Lefort and Cassandra Poudrier strengthen an already dominant team. Across the border, the Boston Blades see a revitalized line-up with the addition of 17 new faces including first round pick Boston University’s Kayla Tutino.
Players are not the only additions to the League line-up, as new sponsors and partners join the CWHL family ahead of the 2016-17 season.
This season the CWHL is proud to partner with Complete Concussion Management, a national research and concussion care organization, to help educate players and staff about current industry best practices regarding the prevention and management of concussions and related injuries. Through CCMI, the CWHL is not only providing evidence-based concussion care to our players but also helping to further concussion research for the rest of the world and the future health of our athletes.
On the ice, 2XU partners with the CWHL to provide sports performance apparel to key CWHL ambassadors. Founded in Australia before recently expanding to Canada, 2XU is worn by multiple world champions and endorsed by sports institutions across the world and is quickly becoming the most technical performance sports brand on the planet.
In 2016-17, the CWHL and its teams will continue to recognize and support many incredible community and charitable organizations and partners including You Can Play, Do It for Daron and KidSport.
Building on last year’s success, the Clarkson Cup will return to Canadian Tire Centre and the City of Ottawa with support from the Ottawa Senators. The 3rd annual CWHL All-Star game will return to familiar grounds at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
To keep up with the latest in CWHL news, visit the CWHL online at CWHL.ca and on social media at TheCWHL on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
For further information, please contact Communication Director Sasky Stewart at [email protected] or (647) 780 5719.
About the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL)
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines.