Source: Lindsay Franco, Calgary DinosCommunications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos women’shockey team is set to compete for a national championship on homeice for each of the next two years.
Having already secured hosting rights for the 2015 CanadianInteruniversity Sport women’s hockey championship, theUniversity of Calgary has been awarded the 2016 event as well, CISannounced this week.
Both events will be held at the Markin MacPhail Centre atWinsport’s Canada Olympic Park on March 12-15, 2015 and March17-20, 2016.
“It’s a great opportunity for our young program tobe able to host the CIS championship two years in a row,”said Dinos Head Coach Danielle Goyette. “It’s going tohelp to promote our program within the city of Calgary and promotethe sport of women’s hockey.”
“We are honoured that CIS has entrusted us with thewomen’s hockey national championship for the next twoyears,” said Dinos Athletic Director Ron Wuotila. “Wehave a long history of hosting successful CIS championships at theUniversity of Calgary, and we look forward to celebrating ourcampus’ 50th anniversary in 2016 by hosting one of themarquee events on the CIS calendar. I know Danielle will have ourteam ready to go, and we’re excited to bring these events toour city.”
The announcement will extend the Dinos’ streak ofchampionship hosting, with at least one national championship eventheld in Calgary each year since 2006. Both the 2015 and 2016 eventswill be part of CIS’ new ‘Super ChampionshipWeekend,’ with the men’s and women’s hockey andbasketball championships taking place at four locations across thecountry on the same weekend. CIS and its broadcast partnersSportsnet and Radio-Canada will showcase more than 20 hours ofuniversity sport on television over a two-day period, includingSemi-final Saturday and Championship Sunday.
On the ice, the Dinos are no strangers to the nationalchampionship. In 2012, the women’s hockey team took hometheir first CIS championship in program history. The followingseason, the Dinos lost in the championship final to the MontrealCarabins.
Despite their absence from the championship last season, theDinos graduated just three players in 2014, and will return anumber of familiar faces including Janelle Parent. She was named aCanada West second-team all-star and led the Dinos in scoring with10 goals and 12 assists.
Goyette also returns for Calgary after taking a year off to helplead the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team to a gold medalperformance in Sochi, Russia as Team Canada’s assistantcoach.
“I’m excited to resume my coaching duties with theDinos,” said Goyette. “I’m looking forward towhat our team has in store in the upcoming seasons.”
The Dinos hosted the CIS women’s hockey championship oncein the past when the 2001 tournament was held at the OlympicOval.