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Pro Athletes Coaching Girls Hockey Festival in Manitoba

February 15, 2012 8:06 AM | Sports

A two-day hockey festival in Manitoba will have young female hockey players rubbing shoulders with Canadian professional athletes.

The first-ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest will see gold medalist Cherie Piper and other elite athletes coaching more than 400 minor hockey players ages seven to 12. Players will learn to improve their on-ice game skills and off-ice life skills with coaching from some of the best female hockey players in the world.

The festival will be in Winnipeg on Sunday, February 19 at the MTS Iceplex (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Brandon on Monday, February 20 at the Kinsmen Arena (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

It’s the first time the Ottawa-based event has been in Manitoba. It has since expanded to include Calgary and Oakville, Ontario.

Piper will be joined by special coaches and fellow Olympic gold medalists Lori Dupuis during the Winnipeg event and Winnipeg-born Sami Jo Small for the Brandon event, as well as other talented local hockey players who will help lead the girls.

Visit ScotiabankGirlsHockeyFest.com for more details. Registration is free.