COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the Bring on the World Tour for the U.S. Women's National Team as part of the overall preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The tour is a key component of Team USA's quest for gold and will include the 2013 Four Nations Cup and three games against Canada.
“We're excited about the tour and not only the visibility it brings to women's hockey, but also the benefit it has in preparing our team for Sochi,” said Reagan Carey, director of women’s hockey at USA Hockey.
The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996. The U.S competes against Canada, Sweden and Finland in this year's tournament, held Nov. 5-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the Olympic Center. The United States will open the tournament against Sweden on Nov. 5 before competing against Canada on Nov. 6 and Finland on Nov. 8. The championship and third place games will be held on Nov. 9.
The three games vs. Canada will be Oct. 12 in Burlington, Vt., Dec. 20 in Grand Forks, N.D. and Dec. 28 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are currently on sale for the games in Burlington and Grand Forks.
NOTES: The U.S. Women’s National Team will train together at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford. Mass. and participate on the tour and in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games ... The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders, will be announced in December.
|Oct. 12||Canada||Gutterson Fieldhouse||Burlington, Vt.||L, 2-3|
|Oct. 17^^||Canada||Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau||Boisbriand, Qc.||L, 3-6|
|Nov. 5||Sweden**||1980 Herb Brooks Arena||Lake Placid, N.Y.||W, 10-0|
|Nov. 6||Canada**||1980 Herb Brooks Arena||Lake Placid, N.Y.||L, 2-4|
|Nov. 8||Finland**||1980 Herb Brooks Arena||Lake Placid, N.Y.||L, 1-3|
|Nov. 9||Sweden - 3rd Place Game**||1980 Herb Brooks Arena||Lake Placid, N.Y.||W, 8-1|
|Dec. 12^^||Canada||Markin MacPhail Centre||Calgary, Alta.||W, 5-1|
|Dec. 20||Canada||Ralph Engelstad Arena||Grand Forks, N.D.||W, 4-1|
|Dec. 28||Canada||Xcel Energy Center||St. Paul, Minn.||W, 3-2 (SO)|
|Dec. 30^^||Canada||Air Canada Centre||Toronto, Ont.||W, 3-2|
**Games are part of the Four Nations Cup
^^Games are not part of Bring on the World Tour but games count toward pre-Olympic tour stats.