The National Women’s Hockey Team is preparing for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea and will be in Grande Prairie Friday night for a tilt with Ernie’s Midget AAA Storm.
The ladies are playing a series of games against midget teams across Alberta.
Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association President Tyler Stojan says it is a special experience and the team is looking forward to it.
“Coach Chris has been working them through the gauntlet the last few weeks, making sure they’re pushing the pace and preparing for the women. The women come in and they’re in top-notch shape and they’re Olympic ready, and they’re hungry for their jobs. We want to make sure we put up a good battle for them.”
This is the third time the Canadian women’s team have played the AAA Storm, winning the first match and tying the second.
“The first game we played we lost 4-1 to them. The most recent one, we actually tied them 4-4. We’re trending the right way but, I think, what it’s been is the boys now understand they better come out flying or they’re going to be embarrassed,” Stojan explained.
Scott Reid, former Grande Prairie resident, Storm alumni and husband of Team Canada’s Meaghan Mikkelson says the ladies mean business.
“They won’t announce their (Olympic) roster until right before Christmas, I think December 20 is the date. They still have five cuts to make so there’s a lot of games to be played, there’s a few tournaments. They’re playing the U.S. in a six-game series throughout the U.S. and Canada… they got their work cut out to still try and make this team.”
Game time is 7 p.m. on Friday at Revolution Place.