University of Calgary

Dinos awarded 2015 CIS women’s hockey championship

UToday HomeJune 23, 2011

By Ben Matchett

The 2015 women’s hockey event will mark the 10th consecutive year that Calgary will host a CIS championship.The 2015 women’s hockey event will mark the 10th consecutive year that Calgary will host a CIS championship. Photo by David MollThe University of Calgary has been awarded hosting rights for the 2015 CIS women’s hockey championship.

Thanks to the funding in place through the Joan Snyder Program of Excellence and support from Winsport Canada, the Dinos will host the nation’s best university women’s hockey teams at the new Athletics and Ice Centre at Canada Olympic Park from March 5-8, 2015.

After a seven-year stint in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference from 2002-09, the Dinos returned to CIS competition in the 2009-10 season and made their first Canada West playoff appearance in a decade last spring thanks to the leadership of head coach Danielle Goyette and reigning CIS player of the year Hayley Wickenheiser.

In March, the Dinos received a pioneering gift from philanthropist Joan Snyder of $500,000, creating the Joan Snyder Program of Excellence. The first of its kind in Canada, the program significantly enhances the financial resources of the team on four cornerstones: coaching excellence, elite competition, sport services, and student-athlete scholarships.

“Elite competition is one of the foundational pillars of the Joan Snyder Program of Excellence, and the national championship certainly qualifies as elite competition,” says Ron Wuotila, director of athletics and recreation. “We are honoured to have been awarded the 2015 CIS women’s hockey championship and look forward to building on the great hosting tradition of the University of Calgary.”

“It’s a huge honour for our school and our program,” says Goyette. “It’s a chance to promote women’s hockey in Calgary and to show what we’re capable of doing as hosts, and it will help take our program to the next level. We’re very excited.”

“Calgary is a city that loves hockey and a university that has a track record of hosting world class events,” says CIS CEO Marg McGregor. “Our student-athletes are bound to experience an unforgettable championship.”

The 2015 women’s hockey event will mark the 10th consecutive year that Calgary will host a CIS championship. The Dinos play host to the national field hockey tournament this fall, with the women’s basketball Final 8 set for March 2012. The swimming nationals return to Calgary in 2013, while the Jack Simpson Gym will host men’s volleyball in 2014.