Calgary to host 2013 National Women's U-18 Championship Staff

3/14/2013 2:26:44 PM

The city of Calgary will play host to the 2013 National Women's Under-18 Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

The tournament will take place Nov. 6-10 at Hockey Canada's home arena, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.

"We are thrilled that the 2013 National Women's Under-18 Championship will be held at our home rink, the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary," Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson said. "Not only will this be an incredible opportunity to showcase our first-class facility, but as always, this event will be a wonderful way for our country's future women's hockey stars to display their talent and skill on national ice.

Eight provincial and regional entries will face off at the tournament, including Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Ontario Blue is the defending champion, winning its first gold medal at last year's tournament in Dawson Creek, B.C.

The 2013 National Women's Under-18 Championship marks the first time Alberta has hosted the event since its 2001 inception in Trois-Rivières, Que. The National Women's Under-18 Championship is held annually, although it is replaced by the Canada Winter Games every four years.

The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, led by head scout of women's national team programs Melody Davidson, who will evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship, as well as at other international events.