USA Hockey announced the full schedule for the “The Time is Now Tour”, presented by Toyota, featuring the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team. The Tour, which includes three games against Canada and the 2017 Four Nations Cup, will be a key component of Team USA's preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea while also showcasing the sport at its highest level in select communities across the country.
The 2017 Four Nations Cup Third-Place & Championship Games will be held on Sunday, November 12 at 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996 (previously the Three Nations Cup). The U.S. has captured the title seven times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).
Additionally, the U.S. Women’s National Team will be playing an exhibition game against alumni players from the Tampa Bay Lightning, this Sunday, September 24 at AMALIE Arena. The game will take place immediately following the Lightning’s pre-season game against the Florida Panthers. That game begins at 4:00 PM; start time for this exhibition will be approximately 7:00 PM. All fans attending the Lightning – Predators game are invited to stay for this game at no extra charge.
NOTES: The 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team 23-player roster features 21 players who helped Team USA earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship and 12 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, including Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, N.D.), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.)
Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team and 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team and 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.
The U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team will train together at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida, and participate on the Tour and in various competitions in the build-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The final 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team is expected to be announced on or around January 1, 2018… USA Hockey's International Council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.