Alex Gowie helps Hungary claim IIHF Division A Gold

    Pandas forward helps Hungary earn first ever promotion to World Championship

    By Connor Hood on April 23, 2019

    Just  over a month since she helped the Pandas hockey team capture their record 13th Canada West Championship, forward Alex Gowie has added another gold medal to her mantle.

    Playing with the Hungarian National Team, Gowie helped lead Hungary to the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A in Budapest. With the tournament win, they will be promoted together with second-ranked Denmark, who will replace Sweden and France at the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. 

    Hungary defeated Austria in their final game 2-1, earning promotion on home ice to the top division for the first time in history of the senior Women’s World Championship.

    "It's a great feeling to see one of our own do so well at the next level," said Pandas head coach Howie Draper. "I've had the chance to chat with Alex since she's returned and obviously she is very proud of her team for winning gold at Worlds, and she's also quite excited about having helped her country advance into the top pool for the next World Championship.  As well, from a program standpoint, I think her experience at that level will prove invaluable for the Pandas' quest for another national title."

    Gowie, who has Hungarian and Canadian citizenship, competed professionally in Hungary, Slovakia and Italy from 2014-2018, after spending three seasons with the Calgary Dinos (2011-2014). Last year with the Pandas, Gowie recorded eight points in 26 Canada West games, before adding two points in the CW playoffs. This was also the second straight season Gowie competed with Hungary, also having played in the 2018 Division A Championship.