CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada’s National Women’s team is preparing for the upcoming 2005 Four Nations Cup in Hameenlinna, Finland from August 30 – Sept.4, 2005, featuring the National Women’s hockey teams of Canada, Sweden, USA and the host team, Finland. Canada is the defending Four Nations Cup champions having won the tournament in Lake Placid, NY in November of 2004.
Team Canada will depart from Calgary, AB on Saturday, August 27, and fly to Vancouver and then on to Helsinki. In preparation for the Four Nations Cup, the National Women’s team has played four warm-up games in Calgary, AB, defeating Team Finland 6-0 on August 20, and then played Canada’s National Under-22 Team on August 23, 25, 26.
27 Canadian women’s players have been centralized full-time in Calgary since August 1st in preparation of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Canada’s National Women’s Team roster assembled for the Four Nations Cup is made up of 22 of the 27 players centralized players. Canada’s game roster will continue to change for each game and each event over the next few months, as the National Women’s Team coaching staff (Head Coach Melody Davidson, assistant coaches Tim Bothwell, Margot Page and Peter Smith) will continue to evaluate and monitor players prior to naming a final roster prior to the Olympics in February.
The Four Nations Cup is the first of two major international tournaments being used to prepare for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the other is in Turin in early November. The 2005 Four Nations Cup marks Canada’s ninth time competing in either the Three or Four Nations Cups, having won it seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004).The four teams featured at the 2005 Four Nations Cup will be: Canada, USA, Sweden and host Finland.
Canada’s Schedule for the 2005 Four Nations Cup – Hameenlinna/Tampere, Finland August 31 - September 4 (ALL TIMES LOCAL – 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time)
Monday, August 29 – Raisio, FIN
CAN vs. FIN – 6:30pm (exhibition)
Wednesday, August 31 – Hameenlinna, FIN
CAN vs. SWE – 2pm
Thursday, September 1 – Tampere, FIN
CAN vs. USA – 2pm
Saturday, September 3 – Hameenlinna, FIN
CAN vs. FIN – 4pm
Sunday, September 4 – Hameenlinna, FIN
GOLD MEDAL – 5pm