KERAVA, Finland – Canada’s National Women’s Team has arrived in Finland for the 2012 4 Nation Cup, taking place Nov. 6-10 in Kerava and Tikkurila.
Canada looks to reclaim the gold medal after suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the United States in the gold medal game at the 2011 4 Nations Cup in Nyköping, Sweden. Canada last won the 4 Nations Cup in 2010, defeating the U.S. 3-2 in overtime.
Before the puck drops on the 17th annual tournament, Canada will take on Finland in an exhibition game Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. local time/9 a.m. ET at Helsinki Arena.
The 2012 4 Nations Cup kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 6 with Canada playing Finland at 4 p.m. local time/9 a.m. ET and Sweden playing the United States at 12 p.m. local time/5 a.m. ET. The bronze and gold medal games take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. local time/7 a.m. ET and 5 p.m. local time/10 a.m. ET, respectively.
Canada’s roster for the 2012 4 Nations Cup is made up of 23 players, including three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, who were selected following Canada’s National Women’s Team September Camp/Fall Festival, which took place Sept. 22-29 in Calgary, Alta.
The 2012 4 Nations Cup will bring together four top women’s hockey countries in the world - Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal at the event 12 times, and has claimed silver on four occasions.
Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2012 4 Nations Cup includes:
Dan Church (Toronto, Ont./York University, CIS) will be joined behind the bench at the 2012 4 Nations Cup by assistant coaches Danielle Goyette (St-Nazaire, Que./University of Calgary, CIS) and Lisa Haley (Westville, N.S./Ryerson University, CIS), who also served alongside him at Canada’s National Women’s Team September Camp/Fall Festival.
The 2012 4 Nations Cup will serve as an evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada scouting staff for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., and 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Players will continue to be evaluated with their club teams during the 2012-13 season.
The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, taking place April 2-9 at SBP Arena and the Nepean Sportsplex, will mark the sixth time Canada has hosted the tournament. Canada also hosted in 1990 in Ottawa, 1997 in Kitchener, Ont., 2000 in Mississauga, Ont., 2004 in Halifax, N.S., and 2007 in Winnipeg, Man. The host committee is still recruiting volunteers for the event; please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/2013ottawa for more information.
Ticket packages for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship are on sale now and include 12 games at SBP Arena, home of the Ottawa Senators, all Team Canada games and all medal round games. For more ticket information, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/2013ottawa, and to purchase 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship ticket packages, please CLICK HERE.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of media relations, will be on site at the 2012 4 Nations Cup in Kerava and Tikkurila, Finland. He will be handling all interview requests and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.