COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Canada and the United States kick off their Rivalry Series in women’s hockey Dec. 14 in Hartford, Conn.
The game is the first in a series between the arch-rivals with more dates yet to be announced.
Canada claimed February’s three-game Rivalry Series, bouncing back from a 1-0 loss in London, Ont., to win 4-3 in Toronto and 2-0 in Detroit.
USA Hockey said in a statement Monday the next series will be five games — two in December and three in February.
Hockey Canada and USA Hockey want to increase competition for their national-team players because they’re not playing in a league this winter.
Roughly 200 players have formed the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association in a drive to achieve what they feel is a financially viable and sustainable league for themselves.
They’ve boycotted the U.S.-based NWHL.
PWHPA players are participating in a barnstorming tour across North America this fall, but will likely not get in as many games as they would have in a league.
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League shut down this year after 12 seasons.
The Swedish federation has cancelled November’s Four Nations Cup — an annual tournament involving the Americans, Canadians, Finns and Swedes — because of a dispute with its national women’s team.