Women’s hockey’s Dream Gap Tour heads to Japan in March

United States forward Amanda Kessel. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s Dream Gap tour is heading overseas, with three games in Japan this March.

The three-game series will see a team of select North American players take on the Japanese national team as Japan prepares for the world championships later this year.

“The PWHPA is excited to be able to help grow the women’s game in Japan, and be a part of the preparation plan for the Japanese national team leading into the world championships,” PWHPA head Jayna Hefford said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for hockey fans in Japan to see some of the top players in the world. We are very proud of this partnership and look forward to working with (the) Japanese federation to continue to build the game for women worldwide.”

The North American team is headlined by American star Amanda Kessel and features 12 U.S. born players and six Canadians. The three games will take place March 4, 5 and 7 at the Shin-Yokohama Skate Center in Tokyo.

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