CANBERRA.— Local girls and women ice hockey players are about to face-off as part of a worldwide non-stop marathon ice hockey game involving players from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Europe and North America.

Billed as the Global Girls Game under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the initiative comes for the first time to Canberra Saturday (subs: 16 Feb).

“Local players from IHACT’s women’s competition will take to the ice at 3.45pm as part of a weekend-long game between the Team Blue and Team White whose players come from all over the world,” said IHACT women’s director Jodie Cochrane.  “It all starts early Saturday in Auckland and we’re the next game before it continues westward around the globe.”

The Global Girls Game aggregate score since its inception has Team Blue leading Team White 134 to 129 goals.

“Women’s ice hockey in Canberra is growing in both player numbers, and in player skills, with Canberrans competing  at national league level, in national championships and at world championship level with two ACT players recently selected to play in the Australian U18 women’s team (,” Cochrane said.

“It’s really exciting for Canberra to host a Global Girls Game this year.

“The growing numbers of female ice hockey players in Canberra is amazing to see in our junior ranks and with our four local women’s teams. We had record numbers at tryouts for the Canberra Pirates women’s ice hockey team, and have some amazing young talent coming through the ranks.

“It’s great to see the ice hockey community come together to support us with this first fundraiser the 2019 season and we’re expecting a good crowd for Saturday’s game at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre,” she added.

Who: Canberran girls and women ice hockey players play in global ice hockey marathon

What: International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Gameinitiative in Canberra for the first time.

When: Saturday 16 Feb 2019 – 3.45pm puck drop  

Where: Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre – 1 Irving St, Phillip.

Further information, interviews:  

Jodie Cochrane, IHACT Women’s Director