U.S. women’s hockey team welcomes Canada for week-long event

Canada goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (38) reacts to a shot from United States forward Brianna Decker (14). (Nicole Osborne/CP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. women’s hockey team will host Canada for a training camp and two exhibition games next month near Pittsburgh.

The event runs Nov. 4-10 in Cranberry Township, Pa. The games will be Nov. 8 and 10.

USA Hockey made plans for the event after the Swedish federation cancelled this year’s Four Nations Cup because of a dispute with its women’s national team.

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 National Women’s Hockey League.

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