Canadian women’s team to face U.S. in Edmonton ahead of Olympics

Team Canada coach Laura Schuler goes over a drill during their practice at the women's world hockey championships in Kamloops, B.C.on Saturday, April 2, 2016. If Laura Schuler coaches Canada's next Olympic women's hockey team, her full plate this season is a dress rehearsal for that workload. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

CALGARY — The Canadian women’s hockey team will host its archrival, the United States, in a pre-Olympic matchup Dec. 17 in Edmonton.

It’s the finale of a six-game series the Canadians and Americans will play prior to February’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The two countries also square off Oct. 22 in Quebec City, Oct. 25 in Boston, Dec. 3 in St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 5 in Winnipeg and Dec. 15 in San Jose, Calif.

Canada has won four straight Olympic gold medals in women’s hockey, but the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

Twenty-eight Canadian women are currently centralized in Calgary preparing for the Winter Games. Twenty-three are doing the same for the U.S. in their residency program in Tampa, Fla.

"It’s only fitting for our team to close out the Canada-U.S.A. series in Alberta, where the team has been centralized since August and we’re looking forward to showcasing our game in Edmonton," Canadian head coach Laura Schuler said Tuesday in a statement.

The U.S., Canada, Sweden and Finland also face each other Nov. 5-12 in Tampa in the Four Nations Cup.