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Thursday, November 30th, 2017
TEAM USA AND TEAM CANADA CONTINUE WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY RIVALRY THIS SUNDAY ON NBCSN AHEAD OF PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS
United States vs. Canada on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Team USA Highlighted By Two-Time Olympic Silver Medalist Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker & Amanda Kessel
Olympic Winter Games Mark 20th Anniversary of Team USA’s Gold-Medal Performance in Debut of Women’s Hockey in 1998
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Team USA and Team Canada continue their rivalry in women’s ice hockey with a pair of pre-Olympic games on NBCSN, beginning this Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center from St. Paul, Minn. The two teams will meet again on NBCSN on Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 p.m. ET at SAP Center from San Jose, Calif.
This marks the fifth of eight pre-Olympic meetings between the U.S. and Canada this fall. Team Canada recently defeated Team USA, 5-1, on Oct. 25, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. Team USA responded with a pair of victories against Team Canada in the Four Nations Cup in November in Florida.
The U.S. women’s national team is highlighted by two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel, and returns 12 members from the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. Team USA won the first-ever gold medal in women’s ice hockey in Nagano in 1998, and has won silver in three of the last four Games. The United States and Canada have faced each other in four of the five Olympic gold-medal games, including in Sochi, when Canada defeated the U.S., 3-2, in overtime.
Since the introduction of the IIHF women’s world championship in 1990 and the inclusion of women’s ice hockey on the Olympic program in 1998, Canada and the United States have played for gold at every major tournament except the Torino Olympics, when the U.S. was upset by Sweden in the semifinal. Canada has won 13 of the gold-medal meetings and the U.S. has won nine times.
Gord Miller (play-by-play), Olympic gold medalist A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Leila Rahimi (reporter), co-host of NBC Sports Chicago’s “In The Loop,” will call both matchups in St. Paul and San Jose.
|Sun., Dec. 3||Team USA vs. Team Canada||NBCSN||4 p.m. (LIVE)|
|Fri., Dec. 15||Team USA vs. Team Canada||NBCSN||10 p.m. (LIVE)|
NBC OLYMPICS PRESENTS EXTENSIVE & UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF 2018 U.S. WINTER OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
NBC Olympics began its unprecedented coverage – 51.5 hours of total coverage, including more than 42 hours of live coverage – of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday, Nov. 16, with the Curling Trials from Omaha, Neb. NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage marks the most ever for the U.S. Olympic Trials on the winter side, topping the 32 hours of coverage in 2014.
The Trials will feature some of the most anticipated stories and athletes of the PyeongChang Olympics, including short track speed skater and three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski, a 2014 silver medalist in the men’s 5000 relay; long track speed skater Heather Bergsma, who won two world titles in 2017; and, of course, two pre-Olympic contests between the Canadian and U.S. women’s hockey teams. The 2018 Olympic Winter Games mark the 20th anniversary of Team USA’s gold-medal performance in the debut of women’s ice hockey in 1998. Click here for more information.
NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide streaming coverage of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
— PYEONGCHANG 2018 —