The City of Brampton, host of the 2002 NWHL championship, could be the future home of the NWHL Cup. The NWHL is comprised of eight teams, only four of which move on to compete in the 2002 championship games. The Brampton Thunder is one of those four teams facing off in the semi-final airing Thursday, March 28. Two teams will then proceed to the final round on Friday, March 29.
“The NWHL ladies are great hockey players,” says NWHL president, Susan Fennell, also mayor of Brampton. “I can’t wait for the NWHL’s top teams to face off, and with the Brampton Thunder in the running for the Cup, these are two games I wouldn’t want to miss.”
NWHL fans will see the best of Canadian women’s hockey talent on the ice and in the broadcast booth. Susan Rogers will act as Ice Host for both games while Kylie Richardson and Lisa Bowes return to provide play-by-play and colour commentary for the broadcasts. Richardson and Bowes made Canadian broadcasting history when they performed one of the first all female play-by-play and commentary for the NWHL 2000 & 2001 championships, which have aired exclusively on WTN for the last two years.
Some players at the championship game may look familiar to Canadian hockey fans from their worldwide television exposure in Salt Lake City this year. The Canadian women’s national hockey team features a large contingent of players from the NWHL. These women will be in fighting form come March to represent their hometown teams in the NWHL championship.