The push for the Clarkson Cup, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s championship, kicks off today in Markham, Ontario.
First place seed Boston Blades will host fourth-place seed Toronto Furies in a best of three series starting at 11 a.m. on March 4, and second-seed Calgary Inferno will do the same, hosting the Montreal Stars at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round.
The Blades are looking to re-capture the Cup after winning it two years ago, but they will have to battle reigning champs Toronto in order to do so. The Blades claimed the regular season championship title with 35 points, edging Calgary, who finished the season with 33 points. Montreal finished with 29 points, while Toronto finished with 19.
On March 5, Boston will again host Toronto at 11 a.m. and Calgary will again host Montreal at 3:30 p.m. Game three action is scheduled for March 6 if needed. Winners from each series will face each other March 7 at 2 p.m.
The Montreal Stars have won the cup three times before, while Calgary is looking for its first Clarkson Cup championship. Brampton, who has never won a Clarkson Cup, did not make the playoffs this season.
Live streaming packages for the games are available here.
The CWHL is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed.