In the fine tradition of Governors General donating trophies/having trophies named in their honour (Georges Vanier, Earl Grey, Earl of Minto, and Lord Stanley to name a few), the Clarkson Cup bears the name of former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson who commissioned the award in 2005 to honour the top women's club team in the country.
The annual tournament takes place in a neutral city and this year the Markham Centennial Centre (8600 McCowan Road) will once again host the event (Markham was host to the 2013 tournament). Past winners include: the Montreal Stars (2009, 2011, and 2012), the Minnesota Whitecaps (2010), and the Boston Blades (2013).
The schedule for the round robin tournament is as follows:
Wednesday, March 19:
11:00 am: Calgary Inferno vs. Toronto Furies
7:30 pm: Montreal Stars vs. Boston Blades
Thursday, March 20:
11:00 am: Boston Blades vs. Toronto Furies
7:30 pm: Montreal Stars vs. Calgary Inferno
Friday, March 21:
11:00 am: Montreal Stars vs. Toronto Furies
7:30 pm: Boston Blades vs. Calgary Inferno
Saturday, March 22:
2:00 pm: Championship Final
Tickets are just $10 for the round robin (Wed-Fri) $15 for Saturday's championship, or $70 for the tournament pass. Tickets are available online at the Canadian Women's Hockey League website or at the gate.
Can't attend in person? The round robin matches will be streamed online and the final will air live on TSN.