The hockey world is taking a big step forward tonight. We talked about the wall being broken through when we talked about Kendall Coyne‘s fantastic race back during the All-Star Skills competition, now the girls get another chance to shine starting tonight.
Tonight starts a 3 game series between the USA Women’s hockey team and the Canadian Women’s hockey team in what is known as the Rivalry Series. The US has been dominating over Canada for a few years now, winning 8 out of 10 meetings since 2014.
This event is an important step forward for women’s hockey. All 3 games will be televised on NHL Network, giving Women’s hockey the air time it deserves. There is unbelievable talent in these teams and it’s about time that it’s shown to the world. Hannah Brandt from team USA said:
“The Rivalry Series is going to be an incredible showcase of women’s hockey. I am excited for the opportunity to play with and against some of the best female hockey players in the world.” (x)
The USA team has 22 players from nine different states. All 22 players are active in the professional Women’s leagues. 14 players hail from the NWHL, 7 are from the CWHL, and 1 is from the Swedish Women’s Hockey League, making to the 22 players.
Among the players are Kendall Coyne, captaining the USA team. Coyne astounded the world with her performance in the NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition back on January 26th. Coyne also just took first for Fastest Skater at the NWHL’s Skills competition with a time of 13.9 seconds.
Gigi Marvin is another big name at these games. Marvin has been playing with the Boston Pride, 2nd in goals on her team with 6 so far this season. Marvin has 3 Olympic medals with 2 silvers and 1 goals.
Some players to also watch are Brianna Decker, Lee Stecklein, and, of course, Hilary Knight. All three of them are having good seasons with their professional teams and are going to generate big points for Team USA in this contest.
Tonight’s game starts at 7 PM ET and will appear on NHL Network. The next game is Thursday, February 14th at 7 PM ET. Be sure to check back here for more updates about the games! Go USA!
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