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Aitken Centre hosts National Ringette League’s largest season opener

The Aitken University Centre acted as home ice for the Atlantic Attack on Oct. 3 as they took on Rive Sud Revolution for the National Ringette League’s largest season opener in history.

A crowd of approximately 600 people watched the Maritime girls beat Quebec’s team 9-2 at the A.U.C., a space with a capacity three times the size of any NRL previously seen.

The game started the league’s twelfth season of ringette, one that will see 15 teams from across the country battle it out for the NRL championship title.

General manager Hélène Beaulieu said it was a great honour for the Attack to host the season opener, especially after only being in the league for four years.

“We believe we were chosen because we have great support from our community and have a large fan base,” she said. “We also believe we have a great team that inspires young girls to achieve success.”

The game was free of charge thanks to the NRL’s partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Fuelling Women Champions initiative, a program that supports women and girls reach their goals through sports.

“[Canada’s Dairy Farmers] were looking for a high profile event in Atlantic Canada,” said Frances Losier, the NRL’s high performance and events director. “Fredericton was identified as a key market for this event.”

In light of the win on Saturday, Beaulieu says those who watch the Atlantic Attack this year will be amazed.

“The most important message I want to share is that our team players have heart, courage and work hard,” she said. “We are very, very proud of them.”

Originally written for a class at St. Thomas University.