Top ringette teams from five countries coming to Burnaby

The best ringette teams from around the world are competing in Burnaby later this month at the 2019 World Ringette Championships.

The ice sport, invented in Canada in 1963, has grown to nearly 32,000 registered players on more than 2,000 teams in Canada alone. Internationally, the sport is also played in more than a half a dozen countries, including Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United States.

Seven female teams from Canada, the U.S.A, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are seeking junior and senior titles during the championships, which run from November 25 to December 1 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.

“We are very excited to be in Burnaby to participate in this international tournament,” said Jane Casson, president of the International Ringette Federation. “The natural beauty surrounding us, I am sure, will be an inspiration to our athletes.”

“Burnaby is very proud to be the first city in British Columbia to host this important international event,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “We warmly welcome players who have travelled long distances to challenge for medals in Burnaby and look forward to an exciting display of the sport.”

In addition to the international tournament, local teams from the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan will also compete in friendship matches.

Developed originally for girls, ringette, often compared to ice hockey, is a fast-paced team sport on ice. Players use a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring to score goals. Boys are also getting involved in the sport with more than 700 registered male players.

Media Information

  • Media can register for accreditation for the 2019 World Ringette Championships by contacting media@wrc2019.ca 
  • During the championships, media can also enter the venue by checking in at the information desk
  • For interview requests and to register to receive news releases, results and photos of the championships, please contact media@wrc2019.ca
  • All games are played at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue in Burnaby.
  • Team rosters and schedule information is available at https://www.wrc2019.ca/
  • Photo opportunity: Media are invited to skate with Team Canada on Nov. 26 at 6:15 p.m.