The 2018 Winter Olympics is just around the corner, and the spotlight will surely be on the Women’s Hockey matches. While the NHL won’t be competing, there will still be a men’s competition. However, many fans are looking to current NCAA and National Women’s Team players to excite the crowds from all over the world. It is also important to note that women’s hockey tends to have more continuity –which makes the game more cohesive and fluid.

The Four Nations Cup also takes place November 7-12 in Florida. This annual tournament will feature the 2017-18 Women’s National Team in action. This includes games that will continue through the winter in Tampa and Wesley Chapel. These games will not only spotlight the current team, but also prepare them for the upcoming games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If you would like to cheer on the women’s team, simply check the web for tickets and availability.

History of the Four Nations Cup

The Four Nations Cup was formerly known as the Three Nations Cup. It has been held since 1996, and the United States has hosted this annual event 21 times. The American team has competed 20 times, only missing the 2001 event.

Team U.S.A captured the Four Nations Cup seven times. They also were runners-up 12 times and third place in the 2013 event. The purpose of this event is to prepare the teams for major international ice hockey tournaments. However, it is also to give the fans a treat, especially those who love women’s hockey and don’t want to wait for the Olympics to cheer their teams on. The four participant teams for this year’s event are:

  • Team USA – Women’s National Team
  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • Finland

Players to Watch

The competing teams are looking to make the most out of this annual event. This is also a great time for them to study each other and prepare for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Four Nations Cup will be televised, so check your local listings. If you are supporting Team USA, here are some players to keep a keen eye on:

  • Lee Stecklein: She won silver in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lee has also won a slate of championships in under-18 tournaments as well as the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Championships.
  • Cayla Barnes: Cayla played for Boston College and is known for her great puck and stick-handling skills. She is also the only women’s player to win three consecutive gold medals — 2015, 2016, 2017 — in various tournaments.
  • Megan Keller: The spotlight will definitely be on Megan Keller during the Olympic Games. She is truly a big name in women’s ice hockey and has captured several IIFH World and Under-18

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