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Girls and women rule the ice at Ottawa’s rinks this spring and if your “home team” loves hockey, don’t miss the worldclass action. From April 2 to 9, the best female players from eight countries will be competing in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship at Scotiabank Place and the Nepean Sportsplex.

Local girls who play hockey can see their heroes on ice and teams from the Gloucester-Cumberland Girls Hockey Association, the Nepean Girls Hockey Association and the Canadian International Hockey Academy are just some of the ones attending. In total, hundreds of teams will be in town—with players wearing jills, not jocks—since the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association is hosting its provincial championships in conjunction with the women’s worlds.

Team Canada plays the United States April 2, Switzerland April 3 and Finland April 5 before quarter-finals get underway. All Canada’s preliminary games are at Scotiabank Place. The charity of choice for the women’s worlds is D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron), the local organization that raises awareness of youth mental health. D.I.F.D. Night is Wednesday, April 3, and games include the U.S. versus Finland at 3:30 p.m. and Canada versus Switzerland at 7:30 p.m. When fans sit in the Power to the Purple section to show support for youth mental health, $5 from every seat sold will be donated back to D.I.F.D. at The Royal. For details about D.I.F.D. Night, call 613 599-0372.

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