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While men’s hockey fans have an emotional investment in such NHL rivalries as the Battle of Alberta (Edmonton vs. Calgary) or the Battle of Ontario (Ottawa vs. Toronto), a rivalry in the CWHL is quickly growing in intensity. The Battle of Toronto, featuring the Toronto Furies and Brampton Thunder boasts some of the finest women’s hockey talent in the world.
The Furies' first five draft picks in the 2012 CWHL Draft (Rebecca Johnston, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Catherine White, and Jordanna Peroff) have all played for the Canadian National Team in some capacity.
Down Highway 7, Brampton boasts third generation star Gillian Apps, Lori Dupuis and Jayna Hefford. The trio has a combined eight Winter Games medals in ice hockey (six gold, two silver). With a young franchise goalie in Liz Knox (who helped Canada claim gold at the 2011 Winter Universiade), and two prominent scorers from Mercyhurst College (Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram), the rivalry is set to become one of the most intense in all of hockey.