Canadian Women's Hockey League

NEWS RELEASE

on Feb 04, 2013

For immediate release
Monday, February 4, 2013
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SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME WELCOMES 800 CWHL FANS; BOSTON BEATS ALBERTA IN THREE-GAME SERIES

CALGARY, Alta. – Upwards of 800 fans filled the stands at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night to watch the Alberta Hockey Club host the Boston Blades in the first game of a three-game CWHL series held in Calgary this past weekend.

Boston had the win in Friday’s feature game under the bright lights of the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, with Boston’s Hilary Knight (San Francisco, Calif.) notching one early in the second and Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) making it 2-0 at 3:47 in the third period, with Alberta’s Jenna Cunningham (Calgary, Alta.) narrowing the gap at 5:31 in the final frame for the 2-1 conclusion.

It was Alberta to take the second series game Saturday in its home arena at WinSport Athletic & Ice Complex, with Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alta.) and Olivia Sutter (Red Deer, Alta.) scoring en route to the 2-1 win. Whitney Naslund (Bloomington, Minn.) scored the sole goal for Boston.

But Boston claimed the third and final win, and the three-game series, in the weekend’s final face-off Sunday back at WinSport Athletic & Ice Complex. Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Cherie Hendrickson (Boxford, Mass.), Knight and Naslund all contributed to the scoreboard for Boston, while Bianca Zuber (Calgary, Alta.) scored the lone goal for Alberta for the 4-1 final.

“Friday night’s feature game at the Scotiabank Saddledome represents a very special moment in Canadian Women’s Hockey League history,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We’re pleased that so many enthusiastic fans came out to see top women’s hockey in action, and are extremely thankful that the Flames made such an incredible and iconic venue available to our league.”

Andress also thanks fans who stopped by WinSport Athletic & Ice Complex, home of the Alberta Hockey Club, for the other two CWHL games in Calgary this past weekend, emphasizing that no matter what venue they face off in, the league’s teams and players always “offer entertainment, excitement and inspiration” for hockey fans of all ages.

Friday’s game hosted by the CWHL’s Alberta Hockey Club echoed a similar feature game hosted Nov. 17 by the Toronto Furies, with both historic events coming on the heels of a monumental women’s hockey advancement. The CWHL and NHL made a joint announcement in mid-November stating that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will be supporting the Toronto Furies and The Calgary Flames will be backing up The Alberta Hockey Club in five-year deals that will help the best females on the ice keep playing the sport they love, and open up more doors for other National Hockey League franchises to partner up with Canadian Women’s Hockey League teams.

The Boston Blades contingent in Calgary for this past weekend’s three-game series included several Olympians and world champions from the U.S. National Women’s Team, including Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mann.), Caitlin Cahow (Vinalhaven, Maine), Knight, Marvin and Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.), who all won silver medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Cahow also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bellamy, Knight, Marvin, Schaus, Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Kelley Steadman (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) also all won a gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Winterthur and Zurich, Switzerland.

“The CWHL continues to grow and offer these incredible experiences for our athletes. Playing in the Saddledome made our players feel like true professionals,” Boston Blades head coach Digit Murphy said. “The Calgary Flames staff was top notch and the fans had a blast! The Boston Blades would like to thank all involved for making this event possible.”

The Alberta side of the ice featured four players vying for spots on Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., including Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.), Mikkelson, Bobbi-Jo Slusar (Swift Current, Sask.) and Tara Watchorn (Newmarket, Ont.).  Mikkelson won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., while she, Larocque and Boston’s Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont.), who is also vying for a spot on this year’s world championship team, all won gold at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt.

“We were thrilled to host the Boston Blades at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and thank our partners the Calgary Flames for making it happen,” Alberta Hockey Club general manager Chantal Champagne said. “It was an exciting series that showcased the true skill and talent within the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.”

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.  Since the CWHL’s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.

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