Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette had beautiful goals, and the crowd inside SBP Arena was incredible, but it wasn’t enough for Canada’s National Women’s Team to overcome rival the United States, who stole the gold at women’s worlds.
Marie-Philip Poulin scored a pair of goals, while Jayna Hefford celebrated her 250th game with Canada’s National Women’s Team, during the red and white’s 8-1 win over Russia in semifinal action Monday night on SBP Arena ice at the 2013 women’s worlds.
There were many special “moments” in Canada’s win over Finland on Friday, with a record-breaking crowd of 18,013 watching Shannon Szabados earn the shutout, Bailey Bram score her first international goal and Meghan Agosta-Marciano notch a hat trick.
Canada’s National Women’s Team banked another preliminary win in women’s worlds action Wednesday, with Charline Labonté claiming the shutout and Marie-Philip Poulin putting four goals up on the scoreboard to make it 13-0 over Switzerland in Ottawa.
Canada’s National Women’s Team players Courtney Birchard, Natalie Spooner and Catherine Ward blog for TSN about anything and everything, straight from the trenches at women’s worlds, as they battle for gold on behalf of a hockey proud country.
Welcome to Rookie Reflections, a blog by a 2013 women’s worlds volunteer who doesn’t know a lot about the great Canadian game. Follow Tracy and other volunteers behind the scenes in Ottawa.
American goaltender Alex Rigsby made a name for herself winning gold at the 2008 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, and has since worked her way up to the U.S. senior women’s national team, playing here at women’s worlds in Ottawa.
When tragedy struck the Intermediate B Windsor Wildcats, their bus colliding with a tractor-trailer in a crash that claimed lives and forever altered others, the team pulled together to find strength. Eight years later, they’re still there for each other.
U.S. Women’s National Team alumna Kathleen Kauth has strong values both on and off the ice, overcoming the death of her father in the 9/11 attack to become an Olympic bronze medallist and a Canadian Women’s Hockey League co-founder.
From Lady Isobel Stanley playing on a rink outside of Rideau Hall, to Abigail Hoffman pretending to be a boy just so she could pick up a stick, women’s hockey has a strong history that has made it possible for females of all ages to keep playing the game.
Whether they’re winning national championships with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, or proudly playing in hopes of medalling at this year’s women’s worlds, Finland’s Mira Jalosuo and Noora Raty are always teammates on the ice and best friends off the ice.
From playing NCAA Division 1 at the University of Minnesota Duluth, to competing professionally in Russia, Elin Holmlov is using her international experience in hopes of leading Sweden’s national women’s team to success at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
At a special reception held Thursday, April 4 at Rideau Hall, Governor General of Canada David Johnston talked a whole lot of hockey, from the importance of the game not just to own his own family, but to families across the country we call home.
From leading Team Canada on the ice, to breaking gender barriers in broadcasting off the ice, Cassie Campbell-Pascall continues to inspire girls and women of all ages, whether its former teammates or the next generation of female hockey stars.
Twins Julia and Stefanie Marty helped lead Switzlerand to its first-ever bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt., and hope to take their country to the very top of the women’s hockey world.
Meet the Sedgewicks, one of many families in Ottawa this week not just to watch the top women’s hockey in the world, but also to take part in Ontario Women’s Hockey Association provincials – and one of the biggest female hockey celebrations ever.
German goaltender Jenny Harss on how playing with and against North American players helps Europeans  grow their game, just as she did while playing under former Team Canada coach Shannon Miller at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Czech Republic is proud to make its debut at the women’s world championship this year, and captain Lucie Povova is proud to be a part of a team that has taken great strides in skill and strength, and a country that is helping grow the female game.
Fans at SBP Arena next Tuesday, April 2 for Canada’s classic rivalry game against the United States are in for a special musical treat, as country star Dean Brody will open the game with the national anthem and sing his hit Canadian Girls at first intermission.
From politicians and principals to mascots and students, everyone had a little fun Thursday, March 28 at Robert Bateman Public School in Ottawa, taking part in The Hockey Stomp and other activities to get ready for women’s worlds.

The host arena for this year’s worlds has set quite the expectations for itself – On January 1, 2010, a record-breaking crowd at SBP Arena watched Canada edge the United States 3-2 in one of the most exciting women’s games to date.

When Luke and Stephanie lost their daughter, and National Women’s U18 Team alumna Morgan Richardson lost her sister to suicide, the women’s hockey community stepped up for the family that has been there for them.
When the puck drops on the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, it will also be dropping on the OWHA provincials, where Team Canada alumna Geraldine Heaney will coach her daughter’s Novice B team.
As patrons of the women’s world championship, The Right Honourable David Johnston and his wife Sharon will be involved in ceremonial events and host a reception for team leaders at Rideau Hall.
Team Canada & Playoff Scoreboard
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. ET USA 2 - CAN 3 (SO)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
7:30 p.m. ET CAN 13 - SUI 0
Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 p.m. ET FIN 0 - CAN 8
Monday, April 8, 2013
3:30 p.m. ET USA 3 - FIN 0
7:30 p.m. ET CAN 8 - RUS 1
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
3:30 p.m. ET FIN 0 - RUS 2
7:30 p.m. ET CAN 2 - USA 3 Gold

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2013 WWC: CAN 3 - USA 2
Apr 09, 2013
Canada’s National Women’s Team claimed the silver medal.
2013 WWC: CAN 8 - RUS 1
Apr 08, 2013
National Women's Team earns win, 8-1 over Russia.
2013 WWC: Behind the scenes at the WWC
Apr 08, 2013
Take a look behind the scenes at the 2013 women’s worlds in Ottawa.
2013 WWC: CAN 8 - FIN 0
Apr 05, 2013
National Women's Team earns win, 8-0 over Finland.
2013 WWC: CAN 13 - SUI 0
Apr 03, 2013
National Women's Team earns win, 13-0 over Switzerland.
2013 WWC: CAN 3 - USA 2 (SO)
Apr 02, 2013
National Women's Team earns shootout win, 3-2 over USA.
2013 WWC Ex: CAN 8 - SWE 0
Mar 30, 2013
National Women's Team earns exhibition win, 8-0 over Sweden.
2013 WWC: Robert Bateman School visit
Mar 28, 2013
Everyone had a little fun at Robert Bateman Public School
2013 WWC Ex: CAN 3 - GAT 1
Mar 28, 2013
National Women's Team earns exhibition win, 3-1 over Gatineau Jr. B
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