Dawson Creek has been developing as quite a hot bed for female hockey and on August 20 those young girls who have taken up the game will have the opportunity to meet some of the female games best.
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League will be bringing the Clarkson Cup, their league trophy, Olympic Gold medalists Natalie Spooner (Toronto Furies) and Meaghan Mikkelson (Calgary Inferno) along with Canada’s biggest mobile synthetic ice rink to the community later this summer.
The tour, called the Prairie Toyota Clarkson Cup Tour will be in 26 cities over the course of the summer with the 26’ x 20’ mobile synthetic ice surface.
Communications director for the CWHL Jennifer Smith said it’s all about extending the reach of the women’s game and helping young girls see a future in hockey beyond their local club.
“Hockey opens so many doors for young women,” smith said.
“Increasingly parents are becoming aware of that... I think for these young girls in your community, to see these players and hear their story, because they were just like them. Love the game, passionate about the game, probably didn’t see what the road ahead looked like, but these women are real trail blazers.”
Smith said the event, which gets underway at 5 o’clock on August 20 will have plenty of cool opportunities for young hockey players.
“Kids can come down, we ask they bring skates and a helmet, if they have hockey sticks bring their sticks down. Kids can take to the ice with these CWHL players and do little skills clinics and play games,” she said.
“We have the Clarkson Cup, which is the trophy awarded to the league champion. Kids can get their picture taken with the players and with the cup. In doing so learn about the CWHL and some amazing athletes who are playing hockey October through march, folks that you would normally only get to see in the Olympics.”
Mikkleson will be one of the players in attendance and was in Dawson Creek in 2010 with the Women’s Olympic team training camp.
She noted that for her and Spooner, the opportunity to inspire young girls to play hockey made it an easy decision to get on board with the tour.
“As a CWHL player and a native of Saskatchewan, I am so excited to be a part of this event,” said Mikkelson, Calgary Inferno forward and Olympic gold medalist in a CWHL release.
“For Nat and me to tour the Prairies talking to young fans about their goals and dreams is such a big part of our vision at the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. We know that this event will inspire young people and build new fans of women’s hockey – we couldn’t do this without the Prairie Toyota Dealers’ incredible support.”
At the event the City Of Dawson Creek will also host a Swap/Shop/Sell and Showcase that will allow parents to exchange new or used ice sports equipment. Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association, Mile Zero Figure Skating Club and the Dawson Creek Speed Skating Club will all have booths set up with information about their upcoming season.
If you can’t attend on August 20, the city asks you to drop your new and used equipment off at community services in city hall Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 or at Kin Arena Monday to Friday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.