Calgary Dinos to host 2015, 2016 CIS women’s hockey championships

Calgary Dinos to host 2015, 2016 CIS women’s hockey championships

Lindsay Franco, U of C Dinos Communications

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos women's hockey team is set to compete for a CIS national championship on home ice for each of the next two seasons.
 
Having already secured hosting rights for the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey championship, the University of Calgary has been awarded the 2016 event as well, CIS announced this week.
 
Both events will be held at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport's Canada Olympic Park on March 12-15, 2015 and March 17-20, 2016.
 
"It's a great opportunity for our young program to be able to host the CIS championship two years in a row," said Dinos Head Coach Danielle Goyette. "It's going to help to promote our program within the city of Calgary and promote the sport of women's hockey."
 
"We are honoured that CIS has entrusted us with the women's hockey national championship for the next two years," said Dinos Athletic Director Ron Wuotila. "We have a long history of hosting successful CIS championships at the University of Calgary, and we look forward to celebrating our campus' 50th anniversary in 2016 by hosting one of the marquee events on the CIS calendar. I know Danielle will have our team ready to go, and we're excited to bring these events to our city."
 
The announcement will extend the Dinos' streak of championship hosting, with at least one national championship event held in Calgary each year since 2006. Both the 2015 and 2016 events will be part of CIS' new 'Super Championship Weekend,' with the men's and women's hockey and basketball championships taking place at four locations across the country on the same weekend. CIS and its broadcast partners Sportsnet and Radio-Canada will showcase more than 20 hours of university sport on television over a two-day period, including Semi-final Saturday and Championship Sunday.
 
On the ice, the Dinos are no strangers to the national championship. In 2012, the women's hockey team took home their first CIS championship in program history. The following season, the Dinos lost in the championship final to the Montreal Carabins.
 
Despite their absence from the championship last season, the Dinos graduated just three players in 2014, and will return a number of familiar faces including Janelle Parent. She was named a Canada West second-team all-star and led the Dinos in scoring with 10 goals and 12 assists.
 
Goyette also returns for Calgary after taking a year off to help lead the Canadian Olympic women's hockey team to a gold medal performance in Sochi, Russia as Team Canada's assistant coach.
 
"I'm excited to resume my coaching duties with the Dinos," said Goyette. "I'm looking forward to what our team has in store in the upcoming seasons."
 
The Dinos hosted the CIS women's hockey championship once in the past when the 2001 tournament was held at the Olympic Oval.

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