Bucks and Smokies to faceoff against Canada’s National Women’s Team

Hockey Canada, in partnership with B.C. Hockey, the BC Hockey League (BCHL), Cranbrook Bucks and Trail Smoke Eaters, announced Monday that Canada’s National Women’s Team will continue its road to Beijing with a pair of games against BCHL clubs.

Canada’s centralization roster will face off against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. PT at Cominco Arena before travelling to Cranbrook to play the Bucks on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. MT at Western Financial Place.

“We are extremely excited to get our centralization schedule started and play against teams from the BCHL to aid in our preparation for the Olympic Winter Games,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. “We are grateful to both Trail and Cranbrook for their willingness to be part of our training as we start our season. The level of competition we expect to face is crucial in our journey and we look forward to showcasing our athletes to hockey fans in both communities.”

Fans will be permitted to attend both games, as long as they meet all COVID-19 protocols as outlined by the Province of British Columbia, and in accordance with arena capacity limits. Tickets in Cranbrook can purchased by calling 250-426-8889 or online at cranbrookbucks.ca. Tickets in Trail can be purchased online at tickets.trailsmokeeaters.com.

“The Cranbrook Bucks are extremely excited to host Canada’s National Women’s Team and participate in such an exciting event,” said owner and president Nathan Lieuwen. “Our community is eager to welcome the women’s team for a game as it continues its journey to Beijing.”

“The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited for the opportunity to compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team. It will be a special event for our players, staff and fans to get to watch the team we will be cheering on in Beijing,” said Craig Clare, director of hockey and business operations. “We are excited to help grow the women’s hockey program in the West Kootenays and hope the game inspires young girls to dream big about the possibility of playing hockey at the highest level.”