Free skate with Markham Thunder

You’re invited to lace up your skates and hit the ice with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) champion Markham Thunder. The skate with the Clarkson Cup winners takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 21 at Thornhill Community Centre, the squad’s home arena, at 7755 Bayview Avenue.

There will also be a meet and greet and autograph-signing session open to all members of the public.

The Markham Thunder made history on March 25 when the team defeated the Kunlun Red Star 2-1 in overtime during the final game of the tournament. The win clinched their first Clarkson Cup in franchise history. The Thunder franchise moved to Markham from Brampton this past off-season, where they made appearances in the championship final, in 2010 and 2012.

In a historic five-year deal, the Red Star joined the league for the 2017-18 season, bringing professional women’s hockey to China in advance of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

Markham earned its place in the championship game after a semi-final upset, as the fourth and final seed in the playoffs defeated the defending champion Les Canadiennes de Montreal in two straight games during their best-of-three playoff series. The Red Star, meanwhile, outlasted the Calgary Inferno in a three-game series that ended in a triple-overtime contest.

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