WickFest - What it's All About!
The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, affectionately known as WickFest, is celebrating its 12th anniversary in yet another unpredictable hockey season.
Due to the many unknowns surrounding large-scale events this Fall in Calgary, including a recent surge in Covid-19 cases and variants, Canadian Tire WickFest Fuelled by Gatorade CALGARY event will not take place in 2021. It will be replaced with a virtual event, dates to be announced.
However, it is with GREAT EXCITEMENT we announce, Canadian Tire WickFest SURREY Fuelled by Gatorade will take place February 3-6th, 2022 and is open HERE. We will host up to 75 teams from across the world at that time and can't wait to see our WickFesters at the rink at that time!
We encourage former Calgary participants to consider the trek to Surrey for gorgeous venues and even more gorgeous winter weather.
What is a "WickFest??"
WickFest is the dream come-to-life of six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser. In Calgary, the event is hosted in partnership with Girls Hockey Calgary and in Surrey in partnership with The City of Surrey and alongside the Surrey Falcons.
Canadian Tire WickFest has become a renown world-class event, attracting national and worldwide media, teams from around the world and special guests from Olympians to NHL'ers.
Beyond the Competition
Why call it a festival?
Because players are exposed to more than just competition. Outside of the tournament and a four-game guarantee, it also includes:
*Workshops and Clinics*
These will be delivered throughout the weekend featuring high-profile and world-renowned coaches, athletes and experts from around the world.
Sample sessions from PREVIOUS years have included. The 2022 iteration will be similar, (including the active sessions which you can do as an individual or within your team cohorts). These sessions are available to players, parents, siblings and anyone who is attending WickFest as part of your team.
Off-Ice Training Like A Pro – a session on hockey specific off-ice training for developing players
Creating an Elite Mindset – learn how the best athletes in the world think and act forward in order to have success at all levels
Hot Stove - a roundtable discussion featuring Hayley and some very special guests
Full-Pop Footwork – learn some new footwork drills that will have you skating circles around anyone; even your own coaches!
Nutrition Tips For Athletes – learn about meals, snacks and hydration for busy schedules
Incredible Core – interactive session introducing new and challenging core exercises specifically useful for hockey
Physical Team-building – interactive session including muay thai, ping pong, etc.
A very small "commitment fee" of $3 is charged for these events only to dissuade no-show attendees who take limited spots from others and then don't show up.
Special Sessions and Events:
On-ice demo with Hayley Wickenheiser and NHL special guests (past guests include retired NHL’ers Bryan Trottier, Andrew Ference, Trevor Linden, Mason Raymon and Brendan Morrison)
Opening Reception and Party for players, coaches and parents featuring high-profile special guests (past guests include Country music superstar Dean Brody, Natalie Spooner, Meaghan Mikkelson, Kyle Shewfelt, Erica Wiebe, Stephanie Labbé and international dignitaries), entertainers, sports personalities and guest Olympians.
General Event Schedule of a standard WickFest
Thursday Night - Opening Party (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Friday All Day - Games (6:30am - 11:00pm) + clinics and workshops + vendor showcase + special events + guests appearances
Saturday All Day - Games (6:30am - 11:00pm) + clinics and workshops + vendor showcase + special events + guests appearances
Sunday All Day - Games & Finals (6:30am - most games over by 8pm)
- Atom/Peewee Skills Development on-ice
- Bantam/Midget Skills Development on-ice
- Professional / Elite-level Women's Hockey Showcase/Games - TBD
- Autograph/Meet&Greet Sessions
- On-site medical care (ambulance and paramedics)
- On-site complimentary physical therapist care
- On-site complimentary athletic therapist care
- Limited physician consults when required
- Initiation Showcase hosted by Minor Hockey
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Check out the FAQ's here!
What People are saying about WickFest
"Fun and a total, complete experience for the young ladies. Great off-ice seminars and activities." - Nicky Kay
"We travelled from Victoria to attend. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish for our Bantam A girls!!! From meeting Hayley and learning about her experiences to playing teams from other provinces and participating in some of the amazing other activities it was all in all just awesome!" - Jessica Conley-Svienson
"Truly a celebration of female sport and hockey, like no other!" - Jason Duke