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And we only have to wait two weeks.

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In an alternate universe, we’d be three days into the IIHF Women’s World Championships right now. Well, in an alternate alternate universe, since the original dates announced were back in April, and this is after 2020’s tournament was canceled. If you’ve been waiting to watch Canadian women’s hockey stars play, it’s been a long-ass time.

Instead of waiting until August (the re-rescheduled dates for Worlds, which I will only believe when the puck drops, possibly not even then) to maybe, possibly, play some hockey that people can watch, the PWHPA will be holding another Dream Gap Tour stop in Calgary from May 24th to 30th. The participating teams will be Calgary (Team Scotiabank), Montreal (Team Bauer), and Toronto (Team Sonnet), which means, at last, we will be able to watch Natalie Spooner and Sarah Nurse play real, actual hockey, on a television screen, or laptop, or whatever item of technology you prefer. It’s been so long, guys.

Sportsnet will be both broadcasting and streaming the games—it looks like the earlier games in the tournament will be streamed, and the games on the 28th, 29th, and 30th will be on television, although they have not released a full schedule yet. I, for one, am really stoked to take a break from the Maple Leafs giving me massive ulcers in the playoffs to watch quality hockey that is virtually guaranteed to bring me joy and not make me shout expletives at my television.*

*Maybe.

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