Champions crowned at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships

Saskatoon, SK – April 10, 2010 – Fans were treated to three very exciting games at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championship finals today with Alberta taking gold in the U16 division, Ontario picking up gold in the U19 division and Edmonton WAM! being crowned the National Ringette League champions. Silver went to Quebec (U16), Alberta (U19) and the Cambridge Turbos (NRL). Ontario (U16), Manitoba (U19) and Prairie Fire (NRL) all go home with bronze.

In an exciting overtime final in the U16 division, Alberta beat Quebec 8-7, with Fort Saskatchewan’s Kelsey Hupka popping in the overtime winner. Calgary’s Lindsey Geddes picked up a hat trick for Alberta, while Sainte-Julie’s Maude Charbonneau posted four goals for Quebec. Their performance in the game earned them individual achievement awards, while Calgary’s Paola Romeo picked up the defensive game star award.

Ontario remained undefeated and claimed the gold after downing Alberta 4-3 in the U19 final. Nepean’s Shannon McGregor posted two goals including the winner for Ontario. Nepean’s Kelsey Youldon and Calgary’s Emily Webb both picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Calgary’s Nicole Prokop picked up the defensive game star award.

In the NRL division, Edmonton WAM! beat the reigning NRL champion Cambridge Turbos in a 2-0 shut out. Kitchener native Keely Brown faced 25 shots and recorded the shut out for Edmonton and commented on the win immediately following the game. "It is an incredible feeling. We worked hard all year and put a very diverse team on the ice. We remained calm, didn’t panic and we didn’t let the little things matter." Edmonton’s Amy Basnett picked up the first goal, while Jennifer Hartley, also from Edmonton, popped in the second. "This is a huge win, we played solid and I had no doubt we would take it. It was nice to capture such a decisive win," noted Basnett. Cambridge’s Jacqueline Gaudet and Amy Basnett each picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Jennifer Hartley picked up the defensive game star award.

Twenty-eight teams participated in the event. The U16 and U19 divisions included competition among provincial champions, while the NRL division represented the NRL championship tournament and included the top three Western Conference teams competing against the top five Eastern Conference teams, along with Saskatoon Wild as the host entry and the Atlantic Sixers as the Atlantic entry. All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing award ceremony this evening.

Rosters, schedules, standings and stats can be found at the following links:
U16: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u16/en/stats/schedule.php
U19: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u19/en/stats/schedule.php
NRL: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_open/en/stats/schedule.php

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/Content/Major%20Events/CRC/2010/MainCRC.asp?langid=1 and the Host website here: www.crc2010.ca.

Results for Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon, SK:

U16 DIVISION
Final game:
Alberta 8 Quebec 7 (OT)

Gold: Alberta
Silver: Quebec
Bronze: Ontario
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. BC
5. Nova Scotia
6. Manitoba
7. New Brunswick
8. Saskatchewan
9. Host

U19 DIVISION
Final game:
Ontario 4 Alberta 3

Gold: Ontario
Silver: Alberta
Bronze: Manitoba
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Saskatchewan
5. Quebec
6. New Brunswick
7. BC
8. Nova Scotia
9. Host

NRL DIVISION
Final game:
Edmonton WAM! 2 Cambridge Turbos 0

Gold: Edmonton WAM!
Silver: Cambridge Turbos
Bronze: Prairie Fire
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Calgary RATH
5. Ottawa Ice
6. Saskatoon Wild
7. Waterloo Wildfire
8. Montreal Mission
9. Gloucester Devils
10. Atlantic Sixers

About Ringette
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 27,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Alayne Martell
Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Onsite at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships
Cell: 902-308-1067
alayne@ringette.ca
www.ringette.ca
www.nationalringetteleague.ca