The Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
TRURO – Hot off a six-day event that saw some of the best curlers hit the sheets in Truro comes an announcement that the IIHF Women’s World Championship will be coming to the area in 2020.
Hockey Canada announced Oct. 30 that the tournament will return to Nova Scotia for the first time in 16 years, with both Halifax and Truro playing host at the Scotiabank Centre and Rath Eastlink Community Centre, respectively.
This will be the eighth time Canada has hosted the tournament, with Halifax hosting in 2004. That year, Canada blanked the U.S. in the gold medal game to claim its eighth world title.

“We are very confident in Halifax and Truro as hosts for this event,” said Hockey Canada president and chief operating officer, Scott Smith, in a press release posted to Hockey Canada’s website. “They have a proven track record of hosting events of this caliber, and getting the chance to showcase the best female players in the world on Canadian ice is something young fans will remember for a long time.”

“Congratulations to Hockey Nova Scotia and all of the partners involved in bringing this prestigious event back to Nova Scotia,” said Carrie Cussons, chair of the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship. “I know our community will help create memorable experiences for our visitors in 2020 and continue to build on our strong reputation for hosting world-class sporting events.”

The Maritimes are no stranger to hosting major hockey events – Halifax is the only city to host the IIHF Women’s World Championship, IIHF World Championship (2008) and IIHF World Junior Championship (2003). Truro spent time in the hockey spotlight as host of the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

“What an exciting time for the region. This is a tremendous opportunity for Truro/Colchester to co-host an international event that we otherwise would not have the resources to even be considered,” said Bill Mills, Mayor of Truro. “In coming together with Halifax Regional Municipality, the Province of Nova Scotia, and Hockey Canada, we will be bringing one of the biggest events we have been involved with to the region. This event will raise our profile on the world stage, and have economic and social impact for years to come.”

Bringing hockey fans together isn’t the only benefit to hosting the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship; an event of this size brings with it significant economic impact. British Columbia (2016) benefited from $7.4 million in economic impact throughout the province, with $6.2 million being generated in Kamloops alone. Ontario (2013) was even more successful, bringing in $14.3 million to the province, of which $8.8 occurred in Ottawa. A significant amount of the projected economic impact will directly benefit minor hockey associations across the country.

Canada’s National Women’s Team has appeared in every gold medal game at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, winning 10 gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012) and eight silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017).