The women of Team USA and Team Canada will meet in Vancouver for the Women’s Showcase Series
By Stuart Lieberman / World Para Ice Hockey
Canada is set to host Team USA Women’s Para Ice Hockey for a three-game series to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Games,
The puck drops this week at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The Women’s Para Ice Hockey Showcase Series is part of a larger project funded partially by the Hockey Canada Foundation called ‘The TrailblazeHERs Project – Growing Female Para Hockey.’
Canada and USA will each hold training sessions and opportunities to engage with the local public, including female-only mentorship sessions, ahead of the series. The three games will take place on February 21 at 11:00 PT, February 22 at 15:00 PT and February 23 at 10:45 PT.
Canada’s squad is stacked full of young talent, including three 19-year-olds, Camille Lalonde, Rebecca Sharp and Mackenzie Spong, yet all but one player on the team has international experience.
Heading back to the Vancouver arena as an assistant coach for the team will be Derek Whitson, who played on Canada’s men’s Para ice hockey team at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics when he was 19.
The US women’s team is in its second season under full governance of USA Hockey and features 15 returning players from last season, including team captain Erica Mitchell.
Last February, Canada took two of three games from the USA in their three-games series in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Earlier this month, World Para Ice Hockey announced it is setting a target to conduct an inaugural Women’s World Championships in October 2021, with the ultimate goal of adding women’s Para Ice Hockey to the Paralympic Games program. This Canada-USA series is another step of many in the right direction to expand the women’s game.
You can watch the series live on Oval TV at www.RichmondOval.ca.