Battle Commence For Fifth Straight Women’s Ice Hocky World Championship
It won’t take long time for the production to surface in the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Espoo, Finland.
The U.S. women’s ice hockey team will take on long time combatant Canada in the first round of the tournament on Saturday. Team USA, which is seeking its fifth consecutive world title, is also heading into the tournament as the defending Olympic champion.
“Being able to win the last few world championships, the gold medal at the Olympics, is huge, it gives us a lot of confidence, but at the same time, it does put a target on our backs,” said Hannah Brandt, one of 14 Olympic gold medalists who are back on this year’s world team.
The U.S. and Canada have played for the title in all 18 previous world championship tournaments. Team USA is stacked with 17 Olympians.
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Among those joining Brandt in their title quest are team captain Kendall Coyle Schofield, a two-time Olympic medalist who displayed her fast-skating skills in a competition during NHL All-Star Weekend, along with three-time Olympic teammates Hilary Knight and Kacey Bellamy, who are alternate captains.
After facing Canada, Team USA finishes out the preliminary round with games against Switzerland on Sunday and Russia on Tuesday. The playoff round begins April 11.