What: Two USA v Canada exhibitions during their joint training camp
When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. eastern; Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. eastern
Where: UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, PA
How: HockeyTV ($)
In October, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada announced a week-long joint training camp during what was supposed to be the Four Nations tournament. However, due to Team Sweden’s #FörFramtiden boycott, the tournament was cancelled. The boycott has since been resolved.
During the camp, the two teams will face off in two exhibition games. Lucky for all of us, the games will be streamed on HockeyTV, so you’ll get one last chance to catch up with all of your favorite American and Canadian players ahead of the annual Rivalry Series and the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
When you skim the rosters, you’re likely to see many familiar names and faces, the likes of which include icons like Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel, and Marie-Philip Poulin and Natalie Spooner, but there are a few newcomers we think you should keep an eye on this time around.
One American to to look out for is Annie Pankowski, former captain of the 2019 NCAA champion Wisconsin Badgers. While this isn’t Pankowski’s first time on the international stage (she competed with Team USA and ultimately scored the game-winning goal at the contentious 2019 Women’s World Championship), after an Olympic slight in 2018, she’s looking to secure her spot on the senior team and make a name for herself in the professional landscape.
Sophia Shaver is another product of the University of Wisconsin that is looking to prove herself on the international stage. Though she did win gold with the USA at the IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship in 2015, she has yet to secure a spot on a senior team. With the Pittsburgh camp acting as a tryout for both the Rivalry Series and the 2020 World Championship, you’re likely to see a grand showing out of Shaver as she works to prove that she can keep up with the big guns.
On the other side of the ice, Canadian Ella Shelton is certainly a player to look out for. One of the youngest players selected to the team, she’s looking to demonstrate her defensive prowess to Hockey Canada management in order to lock down a spot on the senior roster. Shelton currently skates with Clarkson University, and will be joined on the ice this weekend by other former Golden Knights like Erin Ambrose, Renata Fast, and Loren Gabel. Shelton already has 10 points in as many games for Clarkson, and is lauded as one of the best two-way forwards in the NCAA.
Finally, no list would be complete without Sarah Fillier, Princeton University’s offensive powerhouse has competed for the red and black a couple of times, and made her senior team debut for Canada at the 2018 Four Nations Cup. Though her stats sheets and resumés both speak for themselves, Fillier is looking to prove that she can find chemistry with the rest of the senior team and earn a permanent spot on the roster. She’ll be joined on the ice by another Princeton skater and Team Canada newcomer, Claire Thompson.
Don’t forget to tune into HockeyTV this weekend to catch both of these exhibition games and see all of your favorite players duke it out in a friendly match-up between hockey’s biggest rivals.