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Toronto to host New York in PWHL’s 1st regular-season game on New Year’s Day

The first regular-season Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) match will be held in Toronto on New Year’s Day.

The Toronto team will host New York for an afternoon match at Mattamy Athletic Centre (12:30 pm ET), the downtown rink that will serve as the team’s primary venue during its first season, the league revealed on Tuesday.

All six teams will host home openers within the first two weeks of January, with teams set to play 24 games each during the league’s first season.

Ottawa’s home opener will be versus Montreal on Jan. 2 at TD Place (7 p.m. ET.), the arena where the team will both play and practice this season.

Montreal will host Boston for its home opener on Jan. 13 at Verdun Auditorium (3:30 p.m. ET.), which also serves as the team’s practice facility.

“Giving our athletes the opportunity to step onto the ice to compete in front of our passionate fans has been the driving force of our efforts, and it’s going to be an exciting reality on New Year’s Day,” PWHL advisory board member Stan Kasten said in a statement.

“It’s time for the best women’s hockey players in the world to lift our game to greater heights.”

Boston will host Minnesota for its home opener on Jan. 3 (7 p.m. ET.), while Toronto will head to Connecticut for New York’s first home game on Jan. 5 (7 p.m. ET).

Minnesota will host Montreal for its home opener on Jan. 6 at Xcel Energy Center (3:30 p.m. ET), which is also home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

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