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CWHL announces 2018-19 season schedule

The season begins on Saturday, October 13.

Markham Thunder goalie Erica Howe stops a shot by Toronto Furies Jessie Vella, supported by several other Thunder players. Chris Tanouye - CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced their 2018-19 regular season schedule this afternoon. Each team will play 28 games during the season, with each North American team visiting China for three games in one week. The CWHL All-Star game also returns on the weekend of January 19-20, 2019.

The streaming schedule is not yet set, so check out the CWHL website, or Women’s Hockey Wednesday will have the CWHL schedule for each week.

Toronto Furies

The Toronto Furies celebrate their win over the Calgary Inferno. Chris Tanouye / CWHL

The Furies open their season at home on Saturday October 13 against the newly christened Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (which by consensus we are shortening to the Shenzhen Rays). That’s a three-game series, including a Wednesday weeknight home game on October 17.

They have six games each against Shenzhen, Worcester and Calgary, with only five games against both Markham and Montréal. The three-game China trip comes at the end of January. Their schedule is generally front-loaded with home games, with only three (possibly four) games at home in 2019, all in February. There’s one home game against the Thunder that has yet to be scheduled, so we’ll update you as soon as we know about that one.

Times for home games are less regular than last season (including two more with times TBD), so check the schedule. If I was a betting woman I’d say that 3:45 pm Saturday February 16 game against Markham looks like a candidate for broadcast on Sportsnet.

All home games are currently expected to take place at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. All times are Eastern.

Toronto Furies 2018-19 schedule

Date Opponent Time
Date Opponent Time
Saturday October 13 vs Rays 07:00 PM
Sunday October 14 vs Rays 01:00 PM
Wednesday October 17 vs Rays 08:45 PM
Saturday October 20 @ Blades 03:00 PM
Sunday October 21 @ Blades 02:10 PM
Saturday October 27 vs Canadiennes 06:00 PM
Sunday October 28 vs Canadiennes 01:00 PM
Saturday November 17 vs Inferno 07:00 PM
Sunday November 18 vs Inferno 01:00 PM
Saturday November 24 @Thunder 07:30 PM
Sunday November 25 vs Thunder TBD
Saturday December 8 vs Blades 06:00 PM
Sunday December 9 vs Blades 01:00 PM
Saturday December 15 @ Inferno 09:00 PM
Sunday December 16 @ Inferno 12:30 PM
Saturday January 5 @ Canadiennes 06:00 PM
Sunday January 6 @ Canadiennes 01:30 PM
Saturday January 12 @ Inferno 10:00 PM
Sunday January 13 @ Inferno 02:00 PM
Tuesday January 29 @ Rays 06:30 AM
Thursday January 31 @ Rays 06:30 AM
Saturday February 2 @ Rays 01:30 AM
Saturday February 9 @ Canadiennes TBD
Saturday February 16 vs Thunder 03:45 PM
Sunday February 17 @ Thunder 12:30 PM
Saturday February 23 vs Blades 06:00 PM
Sunday February 24 vs Blades 01:00 PM
TBD vs Thunder TBD

Markham Thunder

The Markham Thunder celebrate their 2018 Clarkson Cup win Chris Tanouye / CWHL

The Thunder also open their season at home on Saturday October 13, facing the recently relocated Worcester Blades. There’s sure to be some sort of banner raising ceremony, so if you like that sort of thing, head on down. The first Clarkson Cup rematch comes on Thursday October 25 when Markham hosts Shenzhen for the first time.

The Rays return the favour immediately following the 4 Nations Cup (November 6-10) when the Thunder head to China in mid-November. That three-game series will be the last time Markham and Shenzhen meet until, possibly, the playoffs.

As with last year, generally home games are at 7:30 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 pm on Sundays, although there are a few exceptions. The Thunder enter their second season at the Thornhill Community Centre. All times are Eastern.

Markham Thunder 2018-19 schedule

Date Opponent Time
Date Opponent Time
Saturday October 13 vs Blades 7:30 pm
Sunday October 14 vs Blades 12:30 pm
Saturday October 20 @ Canadiennes 6:00 pm
Sunday October 21 @ Canadiennes 1:30 pm
Thursday October 25 vs Rays 7:30 pm
Saturday October 27 vs Rays 7:30 pm
Wednesday November 14 @ Rays 6:30 am
Friday November 16 @ Rays 6:30 am
Saturday November 17 @ Rays 1:30 am
Saturday November 24 vs Furies 7:30 pm
Sunday November 25 @ Furies TBD
Saturday December 1 @ Inferno 6:15 pm
Sunday December 2 @ Inferno 3:00 pm
Saturday December 8 vs Inferno 7:30 pm
Sunday December 9 vs Inferno 12:30 pm
Saturday December 15 vs Blades 7:30 pm
Sunday December 16 vs Blades 12:30 pm
Saturday January 5 vs Inferno 7:30 pm
Sunday January 6 vs Inferno 12:30 pm
Saturday January 26 vs Canadiennes 7:30 pm
Sunday January 27 vs Canadiennes 12:30 pm
Saturday February 2 @ Blades 8:00 pm
Sunday February 3 @ Blades 12:30 pm
Saturday February 16 @ Furies 3:45 pm
Sunday February 17 vs Furies 12:30 pm
Saturday February 23 @ Canadiennes 6:30 pm
Sunday February 24 @ Canadiennes 1:00 pm
TBD @ Furies TBD

Pre-season

Both the Thunder and the Furies are now into their second week of try-outs. All try-outs are open to the public.

If you want to wait til the lineups are more final, they have a few pre-season games scheduled:

  • The Thunder will head south of the border to take on Mercyhurst University at 4:30 pm on Saturday September 22. Any fans in the Erie, PA area should show up and support!
  • The Furies will run a “controlled scrimmage” playing 5 on 4 and special situations against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Wednesday September 26 at Varsity Arena at 6:00 pm.

Tickets

Ticket information is not formally available but the Blades announced last week that their tickets would go on sale on Thursday, September 13 so I’d suggest checking out the CWHL website about then.