MARKHAM, Ont. – The puck is about to drop on the 2015 Clarkson Cup, the seventh annual Canadian Women’s Hockey League Championship, presented by Scotiabank and in partnership with the City of Markham, running March 4-7 at Centennial Arena. The top four teams from the 2014-15 CWHL regular season have advanced to the 2015 Clarkson Cup, with the Boston Blades claiming first at 35 points, the Calgary Inferno snagging second at 33 points, the Montreal Stars taking third at 29 points and the Toronto Furies finishing in fourth place at 19 points total.
The Toronto Furies are defending champions of the Clarkson Cup, which was named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson. The Boston Blades claimed the cup two years ago, the Montreal Stars are three-time champions, while the Calgary Inferno are vying for their first-ever CWHL championship title.
“Competing for the Clarkson Cup is for women’s hockey what playing for The Stanley Cup is for our male counterparts in the National Hockey League,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We can’t wait for the puck to drop on this year’s championship tournament, which features many of the top female players from across the continent and around the world.”
This is the third straight year that Markham has hosted the Clarkson Cup at Centennial Arena.
“Markham continues to be an incredibly warm and welcoming community, and we look forward to seeing spectators fill the seats at Centennial Arena,” Andress said. “For fans who can’t make it out to the rink, catch all the action online via the Streaming Sports Network, or watch select games on Sportsnet in Canada and the NHL Network in the United States.”
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Ticket packages to all tournament games are available for $90 each, and include five to seven games over the course of the event, depending on playoff results. Single-game tickets are $20 for playoffs, March 4-6, and $25 for the final March 7 match-up.
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This season the CWHL has changed the format of the Clarkson Cup, with the first-place Boston Blades facing off against the fourth-place Toronto Furies, and the second-place Montreal Stars taking on the third-place Calgary Inferno, in two separate best-of-three playoff series.
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The winners of the playoff series will hit the ice for the Clarkson Cup final face-off at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, with the game for this year’s CWHL bragging rights airing live on Rogers Sportsnet. Sportsnet will also broadcast both playoff games Thursday.
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About the Clarkson Cup: First awarded in 2006 to Canada’s National Women’s Team, the Clarkson Cup was commissioned by the Right Honorable Madame Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada. Her dream was to create a trophy that would be played for by North America’s top women’s hockey club teams. It was first awarded in 2008 to that year’s CWHL champions, the Montreal Stars. Since then, it has become a coveted prize for all female players and is widely regarded as the ultimate achievement in our game. In 2013, the Clarkson Cup was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
About the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL): The CWHL is the 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.
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CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress
MARKHAM, Ont. – The puck is about to drop on the 2015 Clarkson Cup, the seventh annual Canadian Women’s Hockey League Championship, presented by Scotiabank and in partnership with the City of Markham, running March 4-7 at Centennial Arena.
The top four teams from the 2014-15 CWHL regular season have advanced to the 2015 Clarkson Cup, with the Boston Blades claiming first at 35 points, the Calgary Inferno snagging second at 33 points, the Montreal Stars taking third at 29 points and the Toronto Furies finishing in fourth place at 19 points total.