News Releases

News Releases
USA Hockey Unveils Plans for Qwest Tour

ST. PAUL, Nov. 15, 2008 — USA Hockey named Qwest Communications as the title sponsor of the Qwest Tour at a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center. The Qwest Tour, announced just before the Minnesota Wild game, will feature the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team playing 10 games throughout the United States in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Kicking off on Sept. 25, 2009, at the Xcel Energy Center, the Qwest Tour will stop in nine U.S. cities and continue into February 2010.


"The Qwest Tour will not only bring the top level of women's hockey to cities around the country, but it will be a huge asset in preparing our team to compete for the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.



Qwest has been a sponsor of USA Hockey for more than a year, and will expand its relationship to utilize Qwest’s communication technology to bring more exposure to the sport of women’s hockey. Fans can follow the team through the Tour’s official website,, as well as via Facebook and by registering for weekly text message alerts delivering player quotes, game scores, training tips and information on team appearances. To sign up for weekly text messages, simply text QTOUR to 79378 (standard text message rates apply). The U.S. Women's National Team will also make in-market appearances at Qwest retail outlets and community events.  



“Qwest is thrilled to support the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team and to be a part of their journey to the 2010 Olympic Games,” said Rich Karlis, Qwest director of sponsorships and events. “The Qwest Tour brings world-class match-ups to fans across the U.S. and Qwest services will bring USA Hockey fans closer to the action as the team prepares to compete for Olympic gold.”



The Qwest Tour begins on Sept. 25, 2009, with a showdown between Team USA and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Stars at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The 10-game schedule is highlighted by a trio of games against historic archrival Canada beginning on Oct. 16 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. The two teams will meet again at Magness Arena in Denver (Dec. 12) and at the Xcel Energy Center (Dec. 30). The Tour will also include international competition against Finland at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 4.



In addition, the Qwest Tour will feature two other meetings with collegiate all-star teams, including the ECAC Hockey All-Stars on Nov. 19 at Quinnipiac University's TD Banknorth Sports Center and the all-stars from Hockey East on Nov. 22 at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center.



The Qwest Tour also includes games against three WCHA teams – the University of North Dakota, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.



The roster for the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team will be announced following the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in August 2009. Twenty-one players from that squad will be chosen to compete in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February 2010.



For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team, visit


NOTES: In September, USA Hockey began a residency program for post-NCAA athletes involved in its U.S. Women's National Program in Blaine, Minn., in preparation for the 2010 Olympics ... USA Hockey is expected to announce the head coach for the 2010 Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team in January 2009 ... The U.S. Women's Select Team captured the 2008 Women’s Four Nations Cup title this past Sunday (Nov. 9). The tournament was held in Lake Placid, N.Y., and featured the top four women’s hockey teams in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States … In addition to the Tour, Qwest is the exclusive provider of communications services for USA Hockey's national office in Colorado Springs, Colo., which includes world-class high-speed Internet service, DIRECTV(r) service and wireless and digital voice services … For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team, visit


2009-10 Qwest Tour Schedule

(subject to change)






Fri., Sept. 25

WCHA All-Stars

Xcel Energy Center

St. Paul, Minn.

Sat., Oct. 10

Univ. of North Dakota

Gardens Arena

Warroad, Minn.

Fri., Oct. 16


Spokane Arena

Spokane, Wash.

Thu., Nov. 19

ECAC Hockey All-Stars

TDBanknorthSports Cnter

Hamden, Conn.

Sun., Nov. 22

Hockey East All-Stars

Whittemore Center

Durham, N.H.

Sat., Dec. 12


Magness Arena

Denver, Colo.

Wed.,Dec. 30


Xcel Energy Center

St. Paul, Minn.

January TBA

Univ. of Wisconsin

Kohl Center

Madison, Wis.

Tue., Jan. 12

Univ. of Minnesota

Ridder Arena

Minneapolis, Minn.

Thu., Feb. 4


Colo.Springs World Arena

Colo. Springs, Colo.








About USA Hockey


USA Hockey Inc., founded in 1936 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit


About Qwest

Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers  a new generation of fiber-optic high-speed Internet service, as well as ,  services.  Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesseslarge businessesgovernment agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst home phoneVerizon Wireless, and DIRECTV