The host Red Deer All State Chiefs will take on Lloydminster in their opening game of the provincial atom female hockey championship Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arenas.
Also competing in the four-day Alberta championship tournament — which will be played in its entirety at Kinsmen A and B — will be two teams from Calgary and one from each of Fort Saskatchewan, Hobbema, Leduc, Sherwood Park, Wainwright and Okotoks.
The Chiefs will meet Hobbema at 11:15 a.m. Friday and will conclude pool play with Saturday games versus Fort Saskatchewan and Wainwright at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The first- and second-place teams from each five-team pool will advance to the semifinals at 9 and 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The championship final will follow at 3 p.m. at Kinsmen A.
Thursday’s opening ceremonies will start at 5:45 p.m. at Kinsmen A and the tournament banquet will be held Friday at the Sheraton Hotel, starting at 6 p.m. Canadian national women’s team player Meaghan Mikkelson will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.
The tournament will also feature a silent auction, which will include a pair of game-worn, signed Jarome Iginla custom-made skates, a signed Iginla Flames jersey and a game-ready stick signed by Shane Doan.