A pair of Canadian Olympian women’s hockey players will be in Brandon this weekend for the Hockey Manitoba Senior Women’s Provincial Championship hosted by Assiniboine Community College.
Fresh off winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Jocelyne Larocque will be here Saturday, along with 1998 Canadian Olympic silver medallist Fiona Smith-Bell. Larocque is a 25-year-old defenceman from Ste. Anne, while Smith-Bell was raised in Edam, Sask., but now lives in Stonewall.
The pair will lead a hot stove session in the Keystone Centre’s Salon A on Saturday at 2 p.m., and will be available for autographs and photographs until 5 p.m. Smith-Bell will also conduct a hockey clinic for Hockey Brandon female atom teams on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Optimist Arena.
On Sunday, Larocque will be the guest of honour and drop the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoffs in both the Senior A (2 p.m., Optimist Arena) and Senior B (2:30 p.m., Kinsmen Arena) championship finals and will be signing autographs at the Kinsmen Arena until 4 p.m.
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