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U.S. Women To Renew Hockey Rivalry With Canada In International Series

By Todd Kortemeier | Nov. 29, 2018, 12:08 p.m. (ET)

Emily Pfalzer (L) of the United States shoots against Blayre Turnbull (R) of Canada at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


One of the great rivalries in sports will add a few more chapters to its history in February when the U.S. and Canada women’s hockey teams will meet for a three-game series.

Games will take place on Feb. 12, 14 and 17, with the first two in London, Ontario, and Toronto, respectively. The third game will be on home ice for Team USA, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, to celebrate Hockey Week Across America. 

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That third and final game will take place nearly one year to the day since Team USA vanquished its biggest rival on the sport’s biggest stage. On Feb. 22, 2018, the U.S. beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Canada had won the previous four Olympic golds, with the U.S. last winning in the sport’s debut in 1998.

The U.S. overall is on a good run of form against Canada, having also prevailed on Nov. 10 to win the Four Nations Cup.

Next up for the U.S. is training camp Dec. 17-21 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The camp will serve as preparation for all the team’s upcoming games, including the series with Canada and the IIHF Women’s World Championship in March. The training camp roster includes 44 players, half of whom are Olympic medalists.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.