CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Women's Team will face USA on four occasions in Canada, a three-game TSN Challenge series in Ottawa, Montreal and Hamilton between November 27-30, 2001, and a one game Final Face-Off' prior to Salt Lake City in Vancouver on January 8th the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Friday.
The games will all be played at major hockey venues in Canada (November 27th at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, November 28th at the Molson Centre in Montreal, November 30th at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, and January 8th at General Motors Place in Vancouver).
The TSN Challenge, a three game series, will mark the first of four games between Canada and USA in Canada this year. The two teams met in Salt Lake City on October 20 (USA 4, CAN 1) and San Jose on October 23 (USA 4, CAN 1).
The TSN Challenge will be awarded to the team with the most points over three games. The winning team in each of the first two games of the will receive two points for a win, one point for a tie, with no overtime being played. The third game will be worth four points for the winning team. If tied in points after regulation in game 3, an overtime period will be played, followed by a shoot-out if still tied.
TSN, Canada's Sports Leader and official broadcaster of the Canadian Hockey Association, has sponsored the TSN Challenge for the past four years, with the two top teams in women's hockey always facing off against each other at this annual event.
The January 8th game in Vancouver will mark the final time Team Canada and Team USA will meet prior to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT. This Final Face-Off' game marks the 2nd time these teams have played in Vancouver prior the Winter Olympic Games (the other during NHL All-Star Weekend, ).
Given the increased popularity of women's hockey, not only in Canada, but across the world, the TSN
Challenge and the Final Face-Off' game are opportunities to provide exposure for the women's game and
provide role models for young girls across the country.
All four games (TSN Challenge and the "Final Face-Off") will be broadcast on TSN/RDS and WTSN. Check local listings for start times.
Canada's National Women's Team has been training in Calgary since and has been participating in various tours and exhibition games over the past two months.
The Canadian and USA National Women's Teams have been prominent players in the history of international women's hockey, facing off in each and every final of every major international tournament since the inaugural IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship in 1990. Canada has captured seven straight World Championships (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.