August 27, 2013 – In a year that ringette celebrates the 50th anniversary of its birth in Canada, the National Ringette League (NRL) will have a special anniversary of its own – its 10th season.
Canadians can look forward to watching the highest level of competition as the NRL begins its season on Oct. 5th, with Calgary RATH looking to defend the championship it won in April in Fredericton, NB.
Thirteen teams will battle it out for NRL supremacy this season. BC Thunder, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg) and Quebec City Cyclones will not be competing, leaving two teams in the Western Conference (Calgary RATH and Edmonton WAM!) and 11 teams in the Eastern Conference (Red Division: Cambridge Turbos, Gatineau Fusion, Gloucester Devils, Ottawa Ice, Richmond Hill Lightning and Waterloo Wildfire; and White Division: Atlantic Attack, Lac St. Louis Adrenaline, Le Royal de Bourassa, Montreal Mission and Rive Sud Revolution).
“In 10 years, the National Ringette League has made some significant accomplishments and has succeeded in providing a competitive environment for our elite level athletes,” said Maurice Jean, chairman of the National Ringette League. “The departure of three of our teams is unfortunate, but we have a plan in place to ensure the long-term viability of the league and the 2013-2014 season may be our best one yet.”
Each team will play a 26 game schedule. Both Western Conference teams will travel east twice this season, while three Eastern teams will travel west. The 2014 NRL Championship will see six teams from the East and two teams from the West compete, with both Western teams automatically qualifying. Eastern teams will be determined through playoffs, with the top team from each division automatically in, then the remaining top eight teams competing in a best-of-three playoff series as follows: 8 vs. 1, 7 vs. 2, 6 vs. 3 and 5 vs. 4.