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World women's hockey championship coming to the RECC

Team Canada captain Cassie Campbell is seen checking her camera while photographing teammates posing on the 2004 world women's hockey championship logo following their team picture at the Halifax Metro Centre. Truro and Halifax will host the 2020 world women's championship.
Team Canada captain Cassie Campbell is seen checking her camera while photographing teammates posing on the 2004 world women's hockey championship logo following their team picture at the Halifax Metro Centre. Truro and Halifax will host the 2020 world women's championship. - FILE

Truro and Halifax to host 2020 tourney

Team Canada captain Cassie Campbell is seen checking her camera while photographing teammates posing on the 2004 world women's hockey championship logo following their team picture at the Halifax Metro Centre. Truro and Halifax will host the 2020 world women's championship. - Tim Krochak

HALIFAX, N.S.

Truro and Halifax will team up to co-host the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2020.

Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada, and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

The announcement was also attended by Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage as well as Canada’s national team members Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton and Jill Saulnier of Halifax.

A photo op involving Turnbull and Saulnier is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the RECC.

The seven-day tournament would run in late March to early April with the RECC and the Scotiabank Centre sharing the games.

A combined bid from Hockey Nova Scotia, the province, the Town of Truro and Halifax Regional Municipality was submitted to host the 2020 tournament.

Halifax and Truro would co-host the event.

Halifax and Dartmouth hosted the 2004 world championship. Nearly 90,000 hockey fans — an average of over 4,400 per game — attended the eight-day international tournament.

The provincial government is committing $250,000 to the event with additional funding to come from Halifax and the Town of Truro. The total budget is estimated at $3.5 million.

Up to 82,000 people are estimated to attend the games, according to a staff report to Halifax council.

With files from the Chronicle Herald

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