National team coming to province
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.