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

Team USA Dani Cameranesi (24) celebrates her goal with teammate Emily Pfalzer against Team Canada during the first period of a women's Four Nations Cup hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Kamloops, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff Bassett)

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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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