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December 22, 2009 11:37 ET

Scotiabank Place Aiming for Record Crowd at Canada-United States Women's Hockey Game

More than 13,000 tickets already sold for New Year's Day matchup

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - In conjunction with Hockey Canada, Senators Sports & Entertainment announced today that the pre-Olympic contest between Canada's national women's team and Team USA scheduled for Scotiabank Place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2010, is closing in on a new attendance high for women's hockey in Canada. The current record of 15,163 was set at Calgary's Pengrowth (then Canadian Airlines) Saddledome on Jan. 26, 1998 in Team USA's 3-1 win over Canada. As of Monday, more than 13,200 tickets had already been sold for the contest.

Presented by Hockey Canada's premier sponsors - Nike, Esso, RBC Financial Group and TELUS - this matchup is the last in a six-game series between the world's top women's teams in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and will be televised by Hockey Canada's official broadcasters, TSN and RDS.

Canada has emerged victorious in the first four contests between the teams including a 3-1 win in Victoria, B.C. on Oct. 5, a 5-2 win in Spokane, Wash. on Oct. 16, a 4-2 win in Denver, Colo. on Dec. 12 and a 6-2 win on Dec. 15 in Calgary. The teams will meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 30 before travelling to Ottawa for the game on New Year's Day at Scotiabank Place. Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) and Jayna Hefford (Kingston, Ont.) lead Canada's national team in scoring with eight points each through the first four games.

Ottawa has been home to key international women's hockey games, including the first official IIHF World Women's Championship in 1990, as well as a three-country tournament in December 1997 before the inaugural appearance of Olympic women's hockey at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The city has also been the site of various national women's team training and evaluation camps.

Tickets for the Jan. 1 game can be obtained by visiting www.CapitalTickets.ca, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d'Orleans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

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