The third and final American stop of the 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour has been announced. Earlier today, the PWHPA and St. Louis Blues announced that the Blues will host the third and final American stop on April 11th and 12th. Like in New York and Chicago, the stop will feature Team Adidas (Minnesota) and Team Women’s Sports Foundation (New Hampshire). There will be two games again, with the weekend winner taking home the cash pot prize. Team Adidas has won each of the first two showcase weekends.
The first Secret Dream Gap Tour game in St. Louis will take place on April 11 at Centene Community Ice Center at 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET) according to the release on the Blues website. The showcase will conclude on April 12 with a 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) puck drop at Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. While no broadcast information has been confirmed yet, the expectation is that the Monday night game at Enterprise Center will be aired on National Television like the games at Madison Square Garden and United Center.
Sunday’s game, at Centene Community Ice Center, is expected to be streamed online.
This will be the last U.S.-based competition before PWHPA players head to international camps for the Women’s World Championships scheduled for May. The Women’s World Championships, cancelled in 2020, will take place in Halifax and Truro. The event will take place starting May 6th and end on May 16th. A number of players invited to Team USA’s training camp for the event will partake in this Dream Gap Tour stop.
“We are honored to host the top women hockey players in the world for the second consecutive year and have the opportunity to continue building on the success of the women’s participation in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game,” said Chris Zimmerman, St. Louis Blues President and CEO. “Being chosen alongside markets like Toronto, New York and Chicago makes a strong statement about the state of hockey in St. Louis, along with our commitment to the advancement of the women’s game.”
Three PWHPA players participating in the weekend event have ties to St. Louis. Olympic gold medalist goaltenders Alex Cavallini and Nicole Hensley, as well as defender Jincy Dunne, have deep ties to the area. Cavallini currently lives in the St. Louis area, while Hensley played college hockey at Lindenwood University. Dunne, meanwhile, grew up playing youth hockey in St. Louis.
In addition to the games on April 11th and 12th, the PWHPA and the Blues will host a Women in Leadership roundtable. That will take place on April 10th, before the Blues’ game against the Minnesota Wild. The event will showcase some of the most powerful and impactful business leaders and athletes in sports, according to the Blues. The two-part roundtable will also demonstrate to girls and young professional women the varied career paths available to women in sports and leadership.
Rosters for the event will be released in the coming weeks.