BRAMPTON, Ont. - Women's sledge hockey takes a step towards entry into the Paralympic Games when Canada hosts the first women's World Cup in Brampton, Ont.
Canada, the United States and a team representing Europe are participating in the Sledge Hockey International Women's Cup on Friday and Saturday. The International Paralympic Committee is sanctioning the women's tournament.
Men's sledge hockey has been part of the Winter Paralympics since 1994. The tournament was changed to a mixed event for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., but no women participated.
The women's international tournament is part of the Sixth Annual Cruisers Cup Sledge Hockey Tournament featuring 700 athletes.
Ten players from the Canadian men's team who won Paralympic bronze in Sochi, Russia, this year are playing for their respective club teams in the men's tournament.
The 17 players on the Canadian women's team were chosen from 21 who attended a selection camp in August. The Canadian women, who are coached by Tara Chisholm of Medicine Hat, Alta., held a three-day training camp in Leduc, Alta., in October.
The roster includes two players from B.C., three from Alberta, a dozen from Ontario and two from Quebec. The women's gold-medal game is Saturday at South Fletchers Arena.
By The Canadian Press