Na­tional team com­ing to prov­ince

The Compass - - SPORTS -

The Cana­dian women’s team will be look­ing to uti­lize home ice ad­van­tage when it plays against its in­ter­na­tional foes at the 4 Na­tions Cup, hap­pen­ing Nov. 9-13 in Clarenville and St. John’s.

Team Canada will com­pete with archri­val the United States, as well as two Scan­di­na­vian op­po­nents — Fin­land and Swe­den — in a com­pe­ti­tion for the cup.

Canada’s ros­ter for the tour­na­ment in­cludes 14 mem­bers of the gold medal-win­ning team from the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games, in­clud­ing star-vet­eran Ha­ley Wickenheiser, lead­ing scorer for the Olympics Meghan Agosta, and goal­tender Shan­non Sz­aba­dos, who shut out the United States in the gold medal game.

A fur­ther eight play­ers will be play­ing at the 4 Na­tions Cup with Canada for the first time.

Some hockey fans might also rec­og­nize a fa­mil­iar face be­hind the bench. Coach Ryan Wal­ter played cen­tre for the Washington Cap­i­tals, Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, and Van­cou­ver Canucks for 15 NHL sea­sons be­fore re­tir­ing in 1993. He ap­peared in 1003 games and scored 646 points, and was a mem­ber of the Cana­di­ens team that won the Stan­ley Cup in 1986.

The tour­na­ment will serve as a tune-up for play­ers and a chance to im­press Hockey Canada of­fi­cials in the lead-up to the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Cham­pi­onships, sched­uled to take place next April in Switzer­land.

The Canada-Fin­land game on Nov. 12 and the gold medal game on Nov. 13 will be broad­cast by both TSN and RDS.

A sched­ule for the event can be found on the Hockey Canada web­site - http:// www. hock­ey­canada.ca.

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