Mississauga hosts international hockey game prior to world championship in Brampton

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Published March 23, 2023 at 9:39 am

Action from a Japan/Finland game at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship held in Denmark. (Photo: Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

The 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship takes place starting April 5 in Brampton, but Mississauga is hosting some of the action as well.

In advance of the 10-country tournament, Mississauga will serve as the training camp home of teams from Japan and France and then host an exhibition contest between those same squads three days before puck drop at the tournament.

The Japanese and French teams will practice at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre from March 27 to April 1 before hooking up for the pre-tournament game on Sunday, April 2 at Port Credit Memorial Arena, starting at 3 p.m.

Officials with Tourism Mississauga say they’re “thrilled to be an event partner” for the major tournament and “advance Mississauga’s position globally as a destination for sport tourism.”

Jaime Bourbonnais, 24, who’ll line up on defence, is the lone Mississauga native on the Canadian team, which is seeking its third-straight gold medal at the IIHF tournament.

The tournament runs April 5 to 16 at the CAA Centre in Brampton, marking the first time the IIHF championship has been held in the GTA since 2000.

Team captain Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) will lead an experienced Canadian squad at the 11-day tournament to determine women’s hockey superiority.

Canada will compete in Group A with Czechia, Japan, Switzerland and the United States while Group B is comprised of Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Sweden.

The Canadians open the tournament against Switzerland on April 5 at 7 p.m.

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