Brampton to host 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Canada looks to defend gold on home ice

December 18, 2022 – Brampton, Ontario will host the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship from April 5-16, bringing the international competition to the GTA for the first time in over 20 years.

Organized by Hockey Canada in partnership with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association at the CAA Centre, the tournament will feature 10 teams: Canada, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Canada has won gold in six of eight women’s worlds played on home ice, including the 2021 event in Calgary.

“I’m proud that Brampton is hosting the IIHF Women’s World Championship in April,” said Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton. “As a healthy and safe city where hockey is especially popular, Brampton is an ideal location for this renowned event. We invite local, national and international audiences to attend what is sure to be a thrilling tournament this spring.”

Fans can sign up for the priority ticket list so they can purchase tickets when available.

The 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship schedule and ticket information will be announced in January 2023. While inspiring children to pursue their hockey dreams, hosting will bring significant economic benefit to the local community. The most recent women’s worlds hosted in Ontario $15 million in economic impact to Ottawa and surrounding communities in 2013.

Canada’s National Women’s Team, captained by Marie-Philip Poulin, who recently won the Northern Star Award as the country’s top athlete, will enter the tournament as the reigning Olympic gold medalists and back-to-back world champions. The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association will also host its provincial tournaments over the final weekend of the Women’s World Championship, bringing in over 15,000 female hockey players to Brampton and surrounding communities.

“Hockey Canada is proud to host the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and we look forward to welcoming fans of all ages to Brampton in April as we celebrate the best women’s hockey players in the world,” said Marin Hickox, director of women & girls hockey for Hockey Canada. “The legacy of this tournament will go beyond the results on the ice, and we hope that it will inspire the next generation of girls to follow their hockey dreams and show them that they too can wear the Maple Leaf one day.”

“Being able to compete at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship on home ice will be a very special time for Canada’s National Women’s Team,” said Gina Kingsbury, Director of Hockey Operations for Hockey Canada. “We are excited that Canada will get to see the best women’s hockey players in the world, and our team cannot wait to go for a third consecutive gold medal at this event in front of our incredible fans.”