Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team vs USA to be broadcast in Springer Market Square

Rivalry Series, sold-out Olympic preparation game, takes place at Leon’s Centre Sunday, November 21, 5 pm

(Kingston, Ontario, Canada) – As part of the six-month journey to Beijing, Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team will face the United States in a nine-game Rivalry Series. The Canadian leg of the Rivalry Series will begin November 21 in Kingston. Hockey Canada selected Kingston as a host city based on a competitive proposal from Tourism Kingston. Tickets for the game sold out in a matter of days.

“We’re thrilled to see the return of live sport and that Tourism Kingston was able to secure this high-profile game for the city as our National Women’s Hockey Team prepares for the Olympics. That we will also be able to honour Jayna Hefford and her Kingston roots makes it even more special,” says Megan Knott, Executive Director, Tourism Kingston.

Due to high demand, the sold-out game will be broadcast in real time on the big screen in Springer Market Square Sunday, November 21. Game start time is 5 pm. The game at the Leon’s Centre will include a ceremony honouring Kingstonian, five-time Olympian, and five-time Olympic medalist (4 gold, 1 silver), Jayna Hefford, retiring her Greater Kingston Girls Hockey Association Ice Wolves jersey at the Leon’s Centre.

“I’m very excited to watch the Canada-USA game live in Kingston. Not only is it one of the best rivalries in sports, but I’m so excited for the women on both teams to feel the support from our community”, says Hefford. “I would have loved to have played in a game in Kingston while I was playing, but getting to watch it is the next best thing. It’s a huge honour to have my Ice Wolves’ jersey raised at the Leon’s Centre. I have always felt such great support from Kingston, and this is another sign. I hope it symbolizes to everyone who is there that anything is possible when you follow your passion and work hard.”

The public is invited to wear their Team Canada colours to attend Springer Market Square and enjoy the broadcasted game. City Hall will be illuminated red and white to celebrate. Attendees are asked to observe physical distancing measures with City of Kingston staff onsite to monitor. Public washroom access has been extended until 8 pm.