By Ashton Chugh
The University of Calgary will host the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships for women’s hockey.
“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, in a Dinos press release. “It’s going to help to promote our program within the city of Calgary and promote the sport of women’s hockey.”
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.
The announcement extends the Dinos’ streak of hosting championships on the national stage. At least one national championship event has been held in Calgary each year since 2006.
The 2015 and 2016 events will be part of the CIS’s new Super Championship Weekend, where the men’s and women’s hockey and basketball championships will take place across four locations in the country over the same weekend. Super Championship Weekend will be broadcasted on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.
The women’s hockey team won their first CIS championship in Dinos history in 2012 — a team that featured five-time olympian Hayley Wickenheiser.
Last year’s team was swept in the opening round of the playoffs by the University of British Columbia 0–2, and finished the regular season with a less than stellar record of 12–14–2.