BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Six of Canada’s top female Midget teams have qualified for the 2018 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, set for April 22-28 in Bridgewater, N.S.
The host team, Metro Boston Pizza, will welcome five regional champions – Atlantic (Northern Selects), Ontario (Brampton Canadettes), Quebec (Pionnières de Lanaudière), Pacific (St. Albert Slash), and West (Saskatoon Stars) – to the 1,196-seat Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.
“We’re excited to have all six teams qualified as we continue our final preparations for the 2018 Esso Cup,” said Kevin Benjamin, co-chair of the local host committee. “Our volunteers have been working tirelessly with just under one week left before the championship begins. The entire community is looking forward to a competitive tournament and showcasing all that Bridgewater has to offer.”
Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award
Hockey Canada has worked with long-time partner Esso to ensure the Esso Cup is a celebration of female hockey excellence.
As part of this year’s tournament awards, Mackenna Parker will be honoured with the 2018 Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award.
Parker, captain of the Saskatoon Stars of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, was named the 2017-18 SFMAAAHL Hayley Wickenheiser MVP. The Clavet, Sask., native also collected the Kelly Bechard Top Scorer award, recording 33 goals and 27 assists for 60 points in 23 games, and currently ranks second in SFMAAAHL all-time scoring. Parker represented Canada at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, winning a bronze medal in Dmitrov, Russia.