The Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association will play their third 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour showcase, they announced Thursday.
Hosted by the St. Louis Blues, the showcase will feature two games between Team Adidas (Minnesota) and Team Women’s Sports Foundation (New Hampshire) on Apr. 11 and 12.
This is the PWHPA’s fourth 2021 partnership with a National Hockey League team.
“We are honoured to host the top women hockey players in the world for the second consecutive year and have the opportunity to continue building on the success of the women’s participation in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game,” said Chris Zimmerman, St. Louis Blues President and CEO. “Being chosen alongside markets like Toronto, New York and Chicago makes a strong statement about the state of hockey in St. Louis, along with our commitment to the advancement of the women’s game.”
The first game will take place at Centene Community Ice Center in St. Louis on Apr. 11 at 5 p.m. CT, and the second at Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, on Apr. 12 at 6 p.m. CT.
This will be the PWHPA’s last U.S.-based competition before athletes head to international camps for the World Championships that are scheduled in May.
There are three PWHPA players participating in the showcase who have ties to St. Louis, including Jincy Dunne and Olympic gold medalists Alex Cavallini and Nicole Hensley.
Cavallini currently lives in the St. Louis area, Hensley played college hockey at Lindenwood University and Dunne grew up playing youth hockey in St. Louis.
“Since moving to St. Louis recently, I have been blown away by the eagerness and drive to grow the sport of hockey – for men and women,” Cavallini said. “The St. Louis Blues hosting the PWHPA Secret Dream Gap Tour speaks volumes to how much they believe in our game and our mission of creating a viable, sustainable women’s professional hockey league.
“There’s nothing better than having visible, powerful women role models, on and off the ice, showing the next generation they, too, can dream big.”
The showcase also includes community events on Apr. 10 that feature an on-ice girls’ hockey clinic, a youth hockey Q&A with PWHPA athletes and a Women in Leadership roundtable.
The roundtable will take place before the Blues’ game against the Minnesota Wild, showcasing some of the most impactful business leaders and athletes in sports and demonstrating to girls and young women the varied career paths available in sports and leadership.
The Blues’ partnership with the PWHPA comes a year after St. Louis hosted the NHL’s All-Star Weekend that featured a U.S. vs. Canada women’s 3-on-3 all-star game, PWHPA players in the NHL’s Skills Competition and an investment by the Blues, NHL and Bauer Hockey to grow girls’ hockey. The investment established the St. Louis Blues Girls’ Hockey Development League to provide low-cost opportunities for girls of all ages to try hockey and develop skills at a faster rate.
More event information, including pre-sale opportunities, can be found at www.stlouisblues.com/pwhpa. Tickets for the events go on sale the week of Mar. 22.