Competition underway at the 2019 World Ringette Championships in Burnaby

2019-11-27 13:36

Teams hit the ice yesterday on November 26th at the 2019 World Ringette Championships in Burnaby.

Seven female teams from Canada, the U.S.A, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, along with team officials and coaches took part in the opening ceremony on Monday. The teams are seeking junior and senior world titles during the championships which wrap up on Sunday, December 1.

In action on Tuesday, Czech Republic faced local team Port Coquitlam in a friendship match with Port Coquitlam winning 5-0.

In the Sam Jacks Pool, senior teams from Canada and Finland battled in an exhibition match with Finland beating Canada 10-8.

“We’re very excited about the level of competition that we saw on the ice today,” said Natasha Johnson, executive director of Ringette Canada. “It’s going to prove to be a very competitive and exciting week for ringette in this country and abroad. Canada is always excited to host this high-level event and we’re very excited about the competition we will be able to share with our fans across the nation.”

The public had a chance to skate with ringette teams on Tuesday evening. “Besides the competition, I am happy to see the youth networking on the ice.  I am hoping that brings something new to ringette and to the athletes,” said Matti Virtanen, the technical director of Ringette Finland.

Three games are on the schedule on Wednesday with a friendship game between USA and local team Coquitlam Port Moody Bears, a junior exhibition match between Finland and Canada and a President’s Pool game between Sweden and Czech Republic.

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