Women’s ice hockey continues to soar in global popularity. In fact, there are many women playing ice hockey at different skill levels. Like soccer and softball, women’s ice hockey has not only churned out some of the top athletes in the world — but also several rivalries. This includes Team USA versus Team Canada, which has seen some awesome matchups and games over the years.

The Rivalry

The Team USA versus Team Canada women’s hockey rivalry stems from their Olympic showdowns. While these matches took place every four years, millions of fans anxiously await the next meeting of these two powerhouses. This rivalry has also been compared to other sports rivalries over the years.

However, it should be noted that there was nothing personal that led to the rivalry. In fact, it is all based on Canada’s domination in most of the Olympic matchups with their American counterparts. It is also important to know the following:

  • Of the 19 world championships and Olympics played since 1990, Canada and the U.S. have met in the gold-medal finals 18 times! The only time when Canada and the U.S. did not meet in the final was during the 2006 Olympics. Sweden beat the U.S. in the semi-finals but Canada went on to win the title.
  • The U.S. has not won Olympic gold since the inaugural 1997 tourney. In fact, they lost to Canada in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
  • Canada also leads in women’s ice hockey world championships — ten to five over the U.S.A. However, the Americans did win four of the past five matches.
  • The rivalry is competitive at best but not to the level of more heated and established rivalries. However, with a new crop of players for the 2017-18 season – things are sure to heat up again.

The Olympics Is Everything for Women’s Hockey

With little to no women’s professional ice hockey leagues, the Olympics are everything for these players. With no Stanley Cup to call their own, the intense team rivalries emanate from the Olympics and that will continue for tournaments to come. The next clash of these titans will occur tonight at 11:10pm (EST). You should check your local listings.

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