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U.S. women’s hockey team opens up six-game series with Canada Sunday

This Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team will travel to Quebec City, Quebec, to take on Canada as they get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The game, which will air on the NHL Network, will be the first of six head-to-head matchups with Canada. Three will be held in the U.S. and three will take place up north. The games held domestically — which includes Boston; St. Paul, Minn.; and San Jose, Calif. — are part of the Time is Now Tour.

Sandwiched in between the six-game series is the Four Nations Cup that will feature Finland, Sweden, Canada and the U.S. as they battle in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, Fla. The U.S. has won the last two Four Nations Cup titles and six overall.

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These games leading up to the Olympics will be a good barometer for the U.S., which features veterans such as Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek. The Americans haven’t won gold since 1998, the first year women’s hockey was played in an Olympic setting.

The full schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found below:

Oct. 22 vs. Canada (Quebec City, Quebec)

Oct. 25 vs. Canada (Boston, Mass.)

Nov. 7 vs. Finland (Wesley Chapel, Fla.)*

Nov. 8 vs. Canada (Wesley Chapel, Fla.)*

Nov. 10 vs. Sweden (Wesley Chapel, Fla.)*

Nov. 12 Four Nations Third Place & Championship Games (Tampa, Fla.)*

Dec. 3 vs. Canada (St. Paul, Minn.)

Dec. 5 vs. Canada (Winnipeg, Man.)

Dec. 15 vs. Canada (San Jose, Calif.)

Dec. 17 vs. Canada (Edmonton, Alta.)

– * indicates Four Nations Cup game

More information on tickets or broadcast schedule can be found here.

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