by Jason La Rose
February 6, 2014, CALGARY, Alta. (ISN) – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Kamloops, B.C., will host the 2014 4 Nations Cup, bringing four of the top women’s hockey nations in the world to the Interior Savings Centre from November 4-8, 2014.
Canada’s National Women’s Team will be joined by Finland, Sweden and the United States in Kamloops, known as Canada’s Tournament Capital. It will be the first major international women’s hockey event following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Finland and the United States will play the tournament’s first game on November 4, with Canada seeing its first action that night against Sweden. The bronze medal game and gold medal game are scheduled for November 8.
“Kamloops has a history of hosting events that is second-to-none in Canada, and we could not be more excited that the city will play host to the 4 Nations Cup nine months from now,” said Dean McIntosh, director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “We’re expecting a terrific tournament to start off another Olympic cycle for our women’s team.”
“An event of this magnitude will bring international attention to Kamloops yet again,” said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. “Our volunteers, community support and our facilities give us a competitive edge, and we prove time and time again that we are capable of hosting every type of sporting event.”
“The City of Kamloops and Kamloops Minor Hockey are very excited and honoured to hold such an event of this calibre,” said Jon Pankuch, chair of the host committee and president of Kamloops Minor Hockey. “Kamloops Minor Hockey has dedicated many resources to the development of female hockey in our region, and the 2014 4 Nations Cup will highlight both the talent and opportunities females have in this great game.”
Full-tournament ticket packages are now on sale, featuring the Olympic early bird discount price of $80 (plus applicable fees). The package includes tickets to all eight games, including the bronze medal game and gold medal game on November 8. For more information on tickets, including how to purchase, CLICK HERE.
The 2014 4 Nations Cup will mark the sixth time Canada will play host to the event, with Kamloops joining Ottawa and Cornwall, Ont. (1996), Montreal, Que. (1999), Kitchener, Ont. (2002 and 2006), and St. John’s and Clarenville, N.L. (2010) as Canadian hosts.
Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal at the 4 Nations Cup on 13 occasions (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013) since the first tournament in 1996.