It’s not too late for Merritt hockey fans to still purchase tickets for the Four Nations Cup tournament, running in Kamloops all this week.
The 19th edition of this prestigious competition takes place at the Interior Savings Centre in the Tournament Capital City, starting on Tuesday and continuing until the championship game on Saturday.
The annual Four Nations Cup event brings together the top four women’s hockey countries in the world — Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland.
This year’s FNC will be the first time these teams have met since the 2014 Olympics in Socchi, Russia.
In the 18 previous Four Nations tournaments, Canada has won the gold on 13 occasions, and placed second the other five times. The United States is the only other winner of the competition since its inception in 1996.
The format for the Four Nations Cup is a single round robin with the top two teams advancing to the gold medal match. The last two teams play for bronze.
Canada’s roster for the 2014 Four Nations Cup includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, who were selected following the team’s September Camp/Fall Festival in Calgary from September 22 to 28.
This year’s Canadian roster has 10 players who were part of the gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Socchi, 13 players from the Canadian team that won gold at the 2013 Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, New York, and 10 players who will be making their debut with Canada’s national women’s hockey team.
Notable names that will be playing for Canada in Kamloops are Laura Fortino, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Genevieve Lacasse, Jocelyne Larocque, Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield and Tara Watchorn.
Ticket packages for this year’s Four Nations Cup in Kamloops start as low as $99 for all eight games of the tournament. Individual game tickets are priced from $10 to $20 depending on the game.
For game schedules and more ticket information, go online to hockeycanada.ca, or contact the Interior Savings Centre directly at 250-828-3339.