Midget female hockey nationals coming to P.E.I.

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Prince Edward Island will host the 2012 Esso Cup national female hockey championship.

Hockey Canada made the announcement during its recent annual general meeting in Montreal.
"Hockey P.E.I., in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, is pleased to have been awarded the right to host the 2012 Esso Cup," said Gordie Whitlock, president of Hockey P.E.I. "We are excited to work with the volunteer organizing committee to plan a first-class national event and for the opportunity to showcase the best midget female teams in the country as they battle for the national championship."
The tournament, which will take place April 15-21 at MacLauchlan Arena will feature six teams - one host team and five regional champions (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic).
The Capital District Cyclones are the host team.
The tournament follows a single round-robin format, followed by a semifinal round and bronze and gold medal games.
The gold medal game will be nationally televised live on TSN.
Formerly known as the Esso Women's Nationals, Charlottetown hosted the event in 2008 when it was a national senior women's hockey championship.
Hockey Canada reformatted the event in 2009 to become a national midget female championship and rebranded it, "The Esso Cup".
"The Esso Cup will have a tremendous impact on our community as we host the best midget female hockey players in Canada and showcase all that our community has to offer to the nation," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "We have been fortunate to develop a strong relationship with Hockey Canada and to have hosted many of their regional, national and international championships over recent years. We look forward to working with them again, in conjunction with Hockey P.E.I. and the volunteer organizing committee, to host the 2012 event."
SCORE, Charlottetown's sport tourism initiative and partnership between the City of Charlottetown and Tourism Charlottetown, developed the bid which beat out three other communities for the right to host the 2012 event.
"I am very excited to lead a group of dedicated female hockey supporters to showcase the caliber of hockey talent we have established here on P.E.I. and to combine that talent with genuine Island Hospitality, I think we are setting ourselves up for a successful tournament," said tournament chairman Colin MacIsaac.

Organizations: Esso, Hockey Canada, Capital District Cyclones

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Montreal Ontario Quebec Atlantic Canada

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  • Paul Roy
    April 28, 2012 - 19:56

    As the awards presentations started in PEI ,shortly after Pembina Valley Hawks had defeated Thunder Bay Queens, the announcer must have mixed up his notes or he was so sure t hat the Ontario team would win, he called the captaion of Thunder Bay to accept the Esso Cup. What an insult to a good group of hard working ladies who have to travel, some of them 200 miles everypractice or game, sometimes 3 to 4 times a week. I am sure an apology would be in order. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

  • Jimmy Sue
    June 21, 2010 - 20:02

    This is SO INSENSITIVE!. The politically correct term is Little People .

    Good luck everyone. I'm sure I will see you all on TLC!

  • Hockey Fan
    June 21, 2010 - 20:02

    Jimmy Sue...

    Midget hockey has nothing to do with little people...midget is the highest level/ division of play within the mionor hockey system.