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PHF’s Isobel Cup final will be in Tempe, Arizona

Janine Weber brings the puck down the ice during PHF game against Boston in Simsbury at the International Skating Center of Connecticut earlier this season.

It will be a heck of a road trip to get to the Premier Hockey Federation’s championship game.

The PHF announced on Thursday that their 2023 championship game will be at Mullet Arena on the campus of Arizona State University in Temple, Arizona on Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m., EST. It will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Connecticut Whale are among four teams that have qualified for this year’s Isobel Cup playoffs. The Minnesota Whitecaps, Toronto Six and two-time defending Isobel Cup champion Boston Pride have also qualified.

The semifinals will be a best-of-3 series in Toronto and Boston on March 16-20.

The regular season ends this weekend with the Whale in Minnesota for two games with the Whitecaps. Connecticut needs one point in two games to clinch third place.

A year ago, Connecticut, in their first finals appearance, lost to Boston in a one-game final for the Isobel Cup championship, 4-2, in Wesley Chapel, a small town outside of Tampa, Florida.

The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and OVG360, a venue management company, are partnering with the league to host this year’s game in Tempe. In addition to managing and operating the Mullett Arena, AZ, OVG360 also manages and operates the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, home of the PHF’s All-Star game in February.

This will be the first time the Isobel Cup final will be played on official NHL game ice, The Isobel Cup final will take place after the Coyotes’ afternoon game against the Colorado Avalanche.

“As we continue building momentum for our sport in the new PHF era, it’s important to strengthen relationships in different markets and grow the game by showcasing professional women’s hockey to more fans throughout North America,” PHF commissioner Reagan Carey said.

“The Coyotes are extremely proud of our support for women’s hockey and our Arizona Kachinas program, and we look forward to watching the league’s top teams compete for the cup,” Coyotes CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said in a statement.

2023 PHF playoff schedule

Semifinals (best-of-3)
Thursday March 16

Game 1 in Boston
Friday March 17
Game 1 in Toronto
Saturday March 18
Game 2 in Boston
Game 2 in Toronto
Sunday March 19
Game 3 in Boston, if necessary
Monday March 20
Game 3 in Toronto, if necessary 

Championship (one game)
Sunday March 26:

At Mullet Arena, Temple, AZ, 9 p.m., EST

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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