Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee announced as home of the 2017 CIS Women's Hockey Championship

Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee announced as home of the 2017 CIS Women's Hockey Championship

NAPANEE – After being announced by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) as the hosts of the 2017 CIS women's hockey championship Queen's Athletics & Recreation announced Tuesday a partnership with the Strathcona Paper Centre to host the national tournament in Napanee.

"We are thrilled to once again be in the national sport spotlight as hosts of the 2017 CIS Women's Hockey Championship and are looking forward to a great week of action on the ice come March," said Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney who officially announced the partnership.  "This event is especially important to us as it falls within our historic 175th anniversary year."
 
The national tournament will be hosted by Queen's University for the first time since women's hockey made its CIS debut in 1997-98.

"This is an exciting day for Queen's Athletics and our women's hockey program as we announce the home for our 2017 CIS national championship and begin the countdown to next March," said Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation Leslie Dal Cin. "University hockey holds special significance for Queen's, as a University we were amongst the first to have a women's university team and we have been involved in University competition since the origins of the sports. The Queen's Gaels have also been among the best OUA programs in recent years. While they are still looking for their first national banner, the Gaels were crowned conference champions twice over the past six seasons and merited a CIS bronze medal in 2011." 
 
The tournament will see action commence in Napanee starting Thursday March 17 through to Sunday March 19, 2017. The Strathcona Paper Centre will also be the host of the annual Queen's Invitational tournament featuring four of the best teams in Canada in exhibition games along with select league games leading into the 2017 Championships.

ALL-TIME CIS WOMEN'S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS (champions)
 
2017    Queen's University
2016    University of Calgary (Montreal)
2015    University of Calgary (Western)
2014    St. Thomas University (McGill)
2013    University of Toronto (Montreal)
2012    University of Alberta (Calgary)
2011    Wilfrid Laurier University (McGill)
2010    St. Francis Xavier University (Alberta)
2009    St. Francis Xavier University (McGill)
2008    University of Ottawa (McGill)
2007    University of Ottawa (Alberta)
2006    St. Francis Xavier University (Alberta)
2005    McGill University (Laurier)
2004    McGill University (Alberta)
2003    University of Regina (Alberta)
2002    University of Regina (Alberta)
2001    University of Calgary (Toronto)
2000    Concordia University (Alberta)
1999    University of Toronto (Concordia)
1998    Concordia University (Concordia)