By Jake Shoemaker
After a crushing defeat to the United States on home soil at the 2013 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships, the Canadian Women have their eyes locked on revenge at the 2014 Olympic Games. Winners of the past 3 Olympic Gold Medals, the Canadians will stroll into Sochi bearing both the expectations of being the defending champions and also the pressures of a team coming off of disappointment. Standing in the way of the Canadians is an American team that is brimming with confidence and hungry to win the country’s first Olympic Gold since the inaugural 1998 tournament.
As previously reported, the Americans and Canadians will both participate in the Four Nations Cup, a tune-up tournament in November. Additionally, the two nations will play three games against each other on American soil and three games on Canadian soil. The first game on Canadian soil will be contested on October 17 in Quebec while the other two games have yet to be scheduled.
The Canadians will look to gain an edge on their rivals with a rigorous fall schedule that will supplement their international games. Based at Hockey Canada’s home arena in Calgary, the women will play thirty games between September and December against Alberta Midget Hockey League teams.