Dumfries set to stage Women’s World Championship tournament

The stage is set for the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship tournament in Scotland.

For the second time in five years, Dumfries Ice Bowl will host the Division 2A tournament as six teams battle it out for promotion.

Great Britain are joined by Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico, Slovenia and Spain for the IIHF showpiece tournament that gets underway on Tuesday.

Councillor Adam Wilson, the council’s events champion, said: “I’m proud that Dumfries and Galloway has been chosen to host a seventh ice hockey World Championship in just six years at the Ice Bowl.

“The competing nations have came from all over the world to take part in this tournament and I’m sure local people will provide a warm welcome to our guests and amazing support for the Great Britain team.

“If you get the opportunity come along to the Ice Bowl to take in the action and give ice hockey a go, it won’t disappoint.”

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, added: “We have a fantastic working relationship with Dumfries Council and we are excited to be back here.

“The Ice Bowl is a top-class venue and the IIHF are always very complimentary about the tournaments held here.

“The staff involved in running the tournament and working at the ice rink are fantastic. We are looking forward to showcasing the tournament to the world.”

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