Women’s Winter Face-off Hockey Tournament Begins Friday

By Beacon Staff

The 2009 Women’s Winter Face-off Hockey Tournament begins Friday, Dec. 4 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Stumptown Ice Den. For nearly a decade, the tournament has been a draw for hockey fans and curious observers alike. And with two teams from Whitefish, there’s a good chance you might know somebody who’s playing. It’s free, so take a little time out of your weekend skiing schedule and head down to the Ice Den to cheer on your Whitefish gals.

If you have any questions, call Andy Hergesheimer at 863-2477 or Lini Reading at 253-6552.

Here’s the full press release:

For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department and the Whitefish Women’s Hockey Teams will be hosting the 2009 Women’s Winter Face-Off Hockey Tournament this Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6 at the Stumptown Ice Den at 725 Wisconsin Ave. Ten teams will be competing from Canada, Washington, and Montana. Two local women’s teams, the Whitefish Wailers and the Northern Lights, will be competing in the A and B brackets. Game times will be posted at the Stumptown Ice Den with final games on Sunday at 9:15 and 11 a.m. Come watch the Wailers defend their 2008 tournament championship. The Wailers edged the Kootenay Wildcats in a shootout for the title, with the Missoula Frost winning the B bracket. This promises to be a very exciting event and it’s FREE entertainment!!!

Women’s Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports for the Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department at the Stumptown Ice Den. Glacier Hockey Association is also very excited to announce the addition of their first ever girls hockey team, open to any girl from 9-17. All girls are welcome to give it a try regardless of skating ability or experience. The GHA offers a “house league” which gives kids an opportunity to try the sport without making a huge commitment with travel teams.

Women enrolled in high school and older interested in playing women’s hockey are welcome on Sundays from 7:15-9:15 p.m. No experience is necessary. Anyone interested in public ice time, playing or learning to play hockey can call the Stumptown Ice Den at 863-2477.

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