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Pictured at the jerseys that will be worn during the game between the Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects and Cape Breton County on Saturday.
A local girls team is participating in a unique project to celebrate and promote female hockey this weekend.
The Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects will play in the Long Game on Saturday, Oct. 12 as part of World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend. They will face off against Cape Breton County in a game that will actually start in Newfoundland and then continue in New Brunswick and all across Canada.
The new Long Game Initiative features four of the longest-running female games ever running from the east to west coast. In total, 1,584 players on 88 teams will play in 44 games across the country, which will run continuously at the atom, peewee, bantam and midget levels. The first puck drop is set for 7 a.m. NT in Mount Pearl, N.L., and the final face-off is at 4 p.m. PT in Parksville, B.C. There will also be 264 officials running the games, with countless other coaches and volunteers involved across the country. The Long Game Initiative score will be cumulative across the country. Get game updates all day at www.hockeycanada.ca/wghw.
“World Girls’ Hockey Weekend continues to get bigger and better every year, and we’re incredibly excited to incorporate the first-ever female long game into this year’s festivities,” said Hockey Canada’s female council chair Joanne Hughes. “From the east coast to the west coast, girls and women of all ages will be lacing up their skates and picking up their sticks this weekend to have fun and help the female game continue to grow both in our own country and around the world.”
Other Nova Scotia host teams participating in the Long Game include Cape Breton West Atom, Halifax Bantam Hawks and East Hants Midget Penguins.
The local game will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Westville Miners’ Sports Centre.
Hockey Canada is teaming up with the International Ice Hockey Federation and fellow member nations for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, which takes place Friday, Oct. 11 through Monday, Oct. 14 in rinks around the globe. Now in its third season, the IIHF has developed World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend to help grow the women’s game at all levels, and in all participating countries.
In arenas across the country, World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is a great way to introduce girls and women to the game in a positive, safe and supportive environment. Additional activities hosted by female and minor hockey associations include Esso Fun Days, skills sessions, coaching clinics, officiating clinics, and information sessions, bring-a-friend days and many other fun ways to get out onto the ice, and into the great Canadian game.
Hockey Canada is proud to be a World Girls’ Hockey Weekend leader. For more information on female hockey across Canada, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/femalehockey.