Women's hockey will be on display in Nelson this weekend as the annual Icebreaker International hits the ice.

Nelson Blueliners host annual International Icebreaker

The Nelson Blueliners women’s hockey team are hosting the advanced division of the 2013 Annual Icebreaker this coming weekend.

The Nelson Blueliners women’s hockey team are hosting the advanced division of the 2013 Annual Icebreaker this coming weekend.

The Blueliners will be facing challenges from the best that Spokane, Fernie and Trail can throw at them in the Advanced Division while Nelson’s Thorman Drillers will be hosting Creston and Calgary in the Intermediate Division.

Nelson, who lost the title to Vernon last year, will be coming out of the gate determined to bring the title home again.

The Blueliners are coming off a strong showing at the Kamloops Masters tourney where they beat teams from Kamloops and Red Deer. They lost to a strong Whistler team in their division final.

Thanks to coach Rob Wright the team is more than ready for their home tourney.

“This is the most competitive Icebreaker ever,” said tournament liaison and Blueliner defender Rachel Holt. “Any of the six teams could take it all.”

Loreli Dawson, captain of the Blueliners agreed.

“Sure they are all good teams, but we are ready,” she said.

All games will be held at the Nelson and District Community Complex. The action begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday when two intermediate Nelson Thorman Driller teams meet head to head. The Blueliners meet Trail at 8:15 p.m. Friday. The finals begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Come on out and support the Blueliners and the Drillers — the seats are free and the hockey is great.

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