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Friday, November 23, 2012
Record-Breaking Crowd Fills Air Canada Centre For CWHL?۪s Alberta-Toronto Game November 17
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ??? An impressive 5,000 fans filled the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on the evening of Saturday, November 17, to watch the Toronto Furies take on the Alberta Hockey Club in what was the largest Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League crowd to date.
The record-breaking attendance at this regular season Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League game, held on the home ice for the National Hockey League?۪s Toronto Maple Leafs, is a testament to the CWHL?۪s continued growth and development as the top women?۪s league in the world and is yet another sign that its awareness and popularity among hockey fans is very much on the rise.
The history-making match-up came on the heels of another monumental women?۪s hockey advancement ??? a joint announcement between CWHL teams and NHL franchises, stating that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be supporting the Toronto Furies and The Calgary Flames will be backing up The Alberta Hockey Club, in five-year deals that will help the best females on the ice keep playing the sport they love, while opening up more doors for similar partnerships in the future.
???This teamwork is the result of a passionate CWHL sponsorship committee and committed NHL clubs that together believe we can make women?۪s hockey dreams come true,? CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. ???At the recent game between Alberta and Toronto, hockey lovers of all ages filtered into the Air Canada Centre to catch the top women?۪s players in action on the ice. The arena had to arrange for stroller parking just so that our league?۪s youngest fans could join in on the fun, and entire families could enjoy the athleticism, entertainment and inspiration provided by our talented players.?
The special event also featured an autograph session with Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team alumnae Jennifer Botterill and Angela James, along with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni Johnny Bower, Wendel Clark and Gary Leeman. The game itself was free for all fans, and featured three periods of highly skilled, fast-paced hockey that ended in a 3-0 win for Toronto over Alberta.
Following the game, Toronto furies captain and 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Tessa Bonhomme told the record-breaking CWHL crowd, ???This is as much your win as it is ours.?
About the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL)
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL?۪s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson. For more information, please visit www.CWHL.ca, follow the CWHL on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CWHL and ???like? the CWHL fan page on Facebook. For interview requests, please email [email protected]
For more information, please contact:
CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress
(647) 278-6515 [email protected]