Ponytail inspires new logo

Winnipeg Sun staff

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

She might have the most famous pony-tail in hockey by this time next year.

Nine-year-old Kate MacKenzie of Winnipeg is the inspiration behind the logo, unveiled yesterday, for the 2007 World Women's Hockey Championship.

MacKenzie used to play on a boys' team, where her blond pony-tail caught the attention of the mother of one of her teammates.

That mom turned out to be the head of the local organizing committee for the '07 Worlds. So when it was time to design a logo for the event, a pony tail became a feature.

"It's cool," MacKenzie said yesterday. "I can't wait to see the games start."

The event will run in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Apr. 3-10, with nine teams vying for the world title last won by the U.S. in 2005.

Canada managed a measure of revenge with its victory at the Turin Olympics earlier this year, but according to head coach Melody Davidson, that was only half the job.

"We still have some unfinished business from 2005," Davidson said. "And that's to reclaim the No. 1 ranking."

Because the rankings are based on the '05 Worlds, Canada goes in as the second seed. But with gold medals in eight of the nine previous tournaments, it still has to be considered the favourite.

This will be the fifth time Canada has hosted the event, and organizing committee chair Polly Craik predicts it'll be the best, based on ticket sales.

"We have realistic goals that we want to exceed," Craik said. "100,000 is our target."

That would surpass the previous high, set when Halifax hosted the event two years ago.

Tickets went on sale to the general public yesterday, with 14-game, early-bird packages ranging from $189 - $299.

Canada has been placed in a pool with fifth-ranked Germany and No. 8 Switzerland.

Teams will play two games within their own pool, with the top team from each pool advancing to what amounts to a medal round.

After two more round-robin games, the top two teams from the medal pool will square off for the gold.


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