USA versus Canada headline first day of 2016 Women’s World Championship

Credit the organizers of the 2016 Women’s World Championships; if they wanted to draw interest in a tournament, they picked one heck of a way to end day one on Monday: USA versus Canada at 7:30pm PT.

While the Americans are the defending champs, the tournament is being played in Team Canada’s backyard of Kamloops, British Columbia. Nothing makes the Americans happier than beating Canadians on their home soil, and likewise for our friends up north.

It’s most likely the next gold medal winner will come from one of these two teams, as has been the case since 1990, via IIHF.com:

Year Gold Silver Bronze Venue
2016 ??? ??? ??? Kamloops, CAN
2015 USA Canada Finland Malmo, SWE
2013 USA Canada Russia Ottawa, CAN
2012 Canada USA Switzerland Burlington, USA
2011 USA Canada Finland Zurich, Winterthur, SUI
2009 USA Canada Finland Hämeenlinna, FIN
2008 USA Canada Finland Harbin, CHN
2007 Canada USA Sweden Winnipeg, Selkirk, CAN
2005 USA Canada Sweden Linköping, Norröoping, SWE
2004 Canada USA Finland Halifax, CAN
2003 CANCELLED      
2001 Canada USA Russia Minneapolis, USA
2000 Canada USA Finland Mississauga, CAN
1999 Canada USA Finland Espoo, FIN
1997 Canada USA Finland Kitchener, CAN
1994 Canada USA Finland Lake Placid, USA
1992 Canada USA Finland Tampere, FIN
1990 Canada USA Finland Ottawa, CAN

Canada had a stranglehold on the World Championship gold medal until 2005. Team USA finally broke through, and turned the tables over the next decade, with a few Canadian wins sprinkled in.

Until the NWHL and CWHL learn to work together, USA vs. Canada is as close to an NWHL vs. CWHL All-Star showdown as we’re going to get. 

Let’s take a quick look at the host Canadian team first. 

# Name Pos. Shoots Height Date of Birth Hometown Current Team
2 Meghan Agosta “A” F L 5’7” 2/12/1987 Ruthven, Ont. Hockey Canada
3 Jocelyne Larocque D L 5’6” 5/19/1988 Ste. Anne, Man. Brampton (CWHL)
4 Brigette Lacquette D R 5’6” 11/11/1992 Mallard, Man. Calgary (CWHL)
5 Lauriane Rougeau D L 5’8” 4/12/1990 Beaconsfield, Que. Montreal (CWHL)
6 Rebecca Johnston F L 5’9” 9/24/1989 Sudbury, Ont. Calgary (CWHL)
7 Jamie Lee Rattray F L 5’6” 9/30/1992 Kanata, Ont. Brampton (CWHL)
8 Laura Fortino D L 5’4” 1/30/1991 Hamilton, Ont. Brampton (CWHL)
9 Jennifer Wakefield F R 5’10” 6/15/1989 Pickering, Ont. Linkoping HC (SWE)
11 Jillian Saulnier F L 5’5” 3/7/1992 Halifax, N.S. Calgary (CWHL)
12 Meaghan Mikkelson D R 5’9” 1/4/1985 St. Albert, Alta. Calgary (CWHL)
17 Bailey Bram F L 5’8” 9/5/1990 Ste. Anne, Man. Calgary (CWHL)
19 Brianne Jenner F R 5’9” 5/4/1991 Oakville, Ont. Calgary (CWHL)
22 Hayley Wickenheiser F R 5’10” 8/12/1978 Shaunavon, Sask. Calgary (CWHL)
24 Natalie Spooner F R 5’10” 10/17/1990 Scarborough, Ont. Toronto (CWHL)
27 Tara Watchorn D L 5’10” 5/30/1990 Newcastle, Ont. Boston (CWHL)
29 Marie-Philip Poulin “C” F L 5’7” 3/28/1991 Beauceville, Que. Montreal (CWHL)
37 Sarah Davis F L 5’7” 6/23/1992 Paradise, N.L. Calgary (CWHL)
38 Halli Krzyzaniak D R 5’7” 2/4/1995 Neepawa, Man. University of North Dakota (WCHA)
39 Emily Clark F L 5’7” 11/28/1995 Saskatoon, Sask. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
40 Blayre Turnbull F R 5’7” 7/15/1993 Stellarton, N.S. Calgary (CWHL)
               
# Name Pos. Catches Height Date of Birth Hometown Current Team
30 Emerance Maschmeyer G L 5’6” 5/10/1994 Bruderheim, Alta. Harvard University (ECAC)
32 Charline Labonté G L 5’9” 10/15/1982 Boisbriand, Que. Montreal (CWHL)
33 Erica Howe G L 5’9” 7/17/1992 Orleans, Ont. Brampton (CWHL)

PLAYER TO WATCH – MARIE-PHILIP POULIN

While the Canadians refer to her as the ‘Golden Girl,’ those of us in the States refer to her as ‘American Dream Killer.’ Back in Sochi, Poulin scored the game winning overtime goal that gave the Canadians the gold. She also scored two goals against the US for the gold medal in Vancouver four years prior.

She just might be the best Canadian playing hockey right now. Watch this goal from the CWHL Playoffs:

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Although her CWHL franchise Les Canadiennes de Montreal did not take home the Clarkson Cup in mid-March, she swept the league as far as regular season awards go. She led the league in scoring with 46 points in 22 games. 

How ’bout them Americans.

# Name Pos. Shoots Height Date of Birth Hometown Current Team
2 Lee Stecklein D L 6’0” 4/23/1994 Roseville, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
5 Megan Keller D L 5’11” 5/1/1996 Farmington, Mich. Boston College (HEA)
7 Monique Lamoureux “A” D R 5’6” 7/3/1989 Grand Forks, N.D. Minnesota Whitecaps
8 Emily Pfalzer D R 5’2” 6/14/1993 Getzville, N.Y. Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
9 Megan Bozek D R 5’8” 3/27/1991 Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
10 Meghan Duggan “C” F R 5’10” 9/3/1987 Danvers, Mass. Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
11 Haley Skarupa F R 5’6” 1/3/1994 Rockville, Md. Boston College (HEA)
14 Brianna Decker F R 5’4” 5/13/1991 Dousman, Wis. Boston Pride (NWHL)
16 Kelli Stack F R 5’5” 1/13/1988 Brooklyn Heights, Ohio Connecticut Whale (NWHL)
17 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson F R 5’6” 7/3/1989 Grand Forks, N.D. Minnesota Whitecaps
21 Hilary Knight F R 5’11” 7/12/1989 Sun Valley, Idaho Boston Pride (NWHL)
22 Kacey Bellamy “A” D L 5’7” 4/22/1987 Westfield, Mass. Boston Pride (NWHL)
23 Michelle Picard D L 5’4” 5/27/1993 Taunton, Mass. Harvard University (ECACH)
24 Shiann Darkangelo F L 5’9” 11/28/1993 Brighton, Mich. Connecticut Whale (NWHL)
25 Alex Carpenter F L 5’7” 4/13/1994 North Reading, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
26 Kendall Coyne F L 5’2” 5/25/1992 Palos Heights, Ill. Northeastern University (HEA)
27 Annie Pankowski F R 5’8” 11/4/1994 Laguna Hills, Calif. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
32 Dana Trivigno F R 5’4” 1/7/1994 Setauket, N.Y. Boston College (HEA)
36 Zoe Hickel F R 5’6” 7/10/1992 Anchorage, Alaska Boston Pride (NWHL)
37 Amanda Pelkey F R 5’3” 5/29/1993 Montpellier, Vt. Boston Pride (NWHL)
               
# Name Pos. Catches Height Date of Birth Hometown Current Team
30 Nicole Hensley G L 5’6” 6/23/1994 Lakewood, Colo. Lindenwood University (CHA)
33 Alex Rigsby G L 5’7” 1/3/1992 Delafield, Wis. Minnesota Whitecaps
31 Jessie Vetter G L 5’8” 12/19/1985 Cottage Grove, Wis. Minnesota Whitecaps

PLAYER TO WATCH – KENDALL COYNE

Someone different than the names you’re used to.

Unlike many of her teammates, Coyne isn’t coming from the professional ranks, at least, not yet. The NWHL prospect just finished her senior season at Northeastern where she took home the Patty Kazmaier award as the top player in NCAA women’s hockey. Coyne’s college career ended with her scoring 249 points in 133 games.

Coyne is not new to international play with the US women’s national team. She’s just not around as much as the Whitecaps and NWHL players are with each other. After two-ish weeks of training camp, fitting back into game play shouldn’t be much of an issue.

GAME #1: Monday, March 28 at 7:30pm PT (10:30pm ET)

We’ll have a recap afterwards for those who can’t catch the game.

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST INFO – United States

NHL Network US will air all Team USA games. With the exception of the game tonight against Canada and the gold medal game, the broadcasts will be tape delayed.

From USA Hockey:

DATE OPPONENT ROUND TIME (LOCAL/ET) STATUS
Mon., March 28 Canada Preliminary 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m. Live
Wed. March, 30 Finland Preliminary 10 a.m./1 p.m. Delay (Originally Mar. 29)
Fri., Apr. 1 Russia Preliminary 10 a.m./1 p.m. Delay (Originally Mar. 31)
Sat., Apr. 2 TBD* Quarterfinal 9:30 a.m. /12:30 p.m. Delay (Originally Apr. 1)
Mon., Apr. 4 TBD* Semifinal 10 a.m./1 p.m. Delay (Originally Apr. 3)
Mon., Apr. 4 TBD* Gold Medal 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m. Live
Tues., Apr. 5 TBD* Bronze Medal 10 a.m./1 p.m. Delay (Originally Apr. 4)
* will only air if Team USA is in the game

NOTE: There is no (legal) stream available in the United States.

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST INFO – Canada

TSN has stepped up to deliver exclusive coverage of the tournament on their vast array of platforms. Check your local listings.

From TSN Release:

“… Running March 28 to April 4, TSN delivers more coverage of the tournament than ever before, with complete live coverage of Team Canada’s round robin games and every playoff game on TSN platforms.

“… TSN subscribers can access live streaming and on-demand viewing of the network’s exclusive live coverage of the 2016 IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP through TSN GO. Fans can also visit TSN.ca for news, extended highlights, must-see clips, SPORTSCENTRE features, interviews, and more.

“TSN Radio stations across Canada – including TSN 1410 in Vancouver, TSN 690 in Montréal, TSN 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN 1260 in Edmonton, and TSN 1150 in Hamilton – along with Radio NL (AM 610) in Kamloops deliver live coverage of select games from the 2016 IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (see below for TSN Radio’s broadcast schedule) … TSN Radio’s coverage can also be live streamed on each station’s website and on the TSN GO app.

“RDS delivers French-language coverage of Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.”

The United States plays host next year. Hopefully, broadcasters will provide the same amount of coverage as their Canadian counterparts.

For information on teams not from the United States and Canada, one great site to check out is Along The Board’s Women’s World Championship coverage, and their nation by nation previews. Additional tournament information presented by the IIHF is at WorldWomen2016.com.

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