12 days in Brampton, by the numbers
by Nicholas Pescod|18 APR 2023

After 12 days at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ont., the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship has come to an end.

Fans at home see the action on the ice, but there is so much that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to hosting a major international tournament.

Here’s a look at what goes into and comes out of hosting the Women’s Worlds. 

7: Shutouts recorded. Ann-Renée Desbiens had the first on opening day for Canada, making 12 saves to blank Switzerland, and Emma Söderberg had the last on April 14, stopping all 23 she faced for Sweden in a 1-0 win over Japan in the placement round.

12: Fabrics used in the four culturally themed Team Canada jerseys designed by Sandeep Kaur Gill

14: Players on Canada’s National Women’s Team who hail from Ontario (60 per cent of the roster), including 11 from the Greater Toronto Area. 16: Age of the youngest player in the tournament, Swedish forward Ebba Hedqvist, who was 16 years, six months and six days old when she made her Women’s Worlds debut on April 6.

24: Officials for the tournament, representing 11 countries – Canada (7), United States (7), Finland (2), Austria (1), Czechia (1), Germany (1), Great Britain (1), Hungary (1), Latvia (1), Slovakia (1) and Sweden (1).

28: Average age of Canada’s National Women’s Team (28 years and 10 days, to be exact), the oldest edition of Team Canada to compete in a Women’s Worlds. The 23 members of the team have combined for 683 games of WWC experience.

29: Players from the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association who played in Brampton. Canada had the most with 18, while the United States had the remaining 11.

32: Combined points by the Swedish top line of Lina Ljungblom, Hanna Olsson and Hilda Svensson. The trio recorded 16 of the 22 goals scored by Sweden in the tournament.

73: Accredited members of the media from eight countries.

120: Days between Natalie Spooner giving birth to son Rory on Dec. 6, 2022 and scoring the first goal of the tournament for Canada on April 5.

194: Goals scored, by 83 different players. Hilary Knight of the United States led the tournament with eight while Canada’s Sarah Fillier and Sweden’s Lina Ljungblom tied for second with seven apiece.

275: Rooms booked between two hotels, housing teams, Hockey Canada staff, IIHF staff and media. 

279: Scrapes during TV timeouts by the volunteer ice crew. At the first whistle after the six-minute, 10-minute and 14-minute marks of each period, a team of eight skaters cleared snow in front of both nets and around the edge of the rink.

316: Participants in various community events held throughout the tournament, including We Are Coaches clinics, Esso Fun Days, Try Hockey, Dreams Come True and the NHL/NHLPA First Shift.

700: Students who attended afternoon games throughout the tournament as part of the Women’s Worlds school program.

1,000+: Participants in six free community skates on the Tim Hortons Community Rink.

1,873:­­ Minutes of hockey played. Two games were decided in overtime and one went to a shootout – Katerina Mrazova scored the OT winner for Czechia against Japan, Jamie Lee Rattray netted the shootout winner in the ninth round against the United States and Sarah Nurse got the winner for Canada against Sweden in an unforgettable quarterfinal. 

7,770: Hours worked by 240 volunteers, spread out across 1,589 shifts.

59,372: Total attendance for the tournament, an average of 1,915 per game. Canada, not surprisingly, attracted the most fans – an average of 4,073 per game – while the gold medal game had the highest single-game total (4,635).

248,170: Dollar total for six 50/50 draws, with half the proceeds ($124,085) benefiting the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association to support girls’ and women’s hockey initiatives in the province.

1,807,978: Page views at HockeyCanada.ca from April 5-16. Of that total, 1,208,793 (66.9%) were related to the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship.