Final 2 Rivalry Series games between Canada and US women canceled in Alberta | The Canadian News

Two hockey games between the Canadian and American women’s hockey teams were canceled in Alberta.

Canadian goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) saves in front of her teammate Erin Ambrose (23) and American Amanda Kessel (28) during the third period of Rivalry Series hockey action in Ottawa, Tuesday, November 23. of 2021.

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Canada and the US were scheduled to conclude their Rivalry Series on January 3 in Edmonton during the men’s youth hockey world championships and on January 6 in Red Deer.

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Both games were canceled because several Canadian players and staff were on COVID-19 protocol, Hockey Canada said in a statement Tuesday.

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“The risk associated with playing the last two games of the Rivalry Series with less than a month before our teams are ready to compete in the 2022 Olympics is too high to finish our series with the United States,” said Gina Kingsbury , director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada.

“Changing our schedule and not being able to play in the United States is always difficult, as our players and staff want to play against international competition and put on a great show for hockey fans.

“Unfortunately, we must do the right thing for our athletes from a health perspective and for our team readiness to ensure that everyone remains healthy and eligible for Beijing.”

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The announcement came on the same day that the US youth men’s team lost a preliminary round game in the U-20 championship to Switzerland because two US players tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

What was a nine-game series between Canadian and American women to help both prepare for the February Winter Olympics in Beijing and choosing a roster for her was limited to six games.

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Canada won four of the six games played against the United States, including two in overtime.

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A game scheduled for December 20 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was also canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Hockey Canada was expected to name its 23-player Olympic roster later that week, but has delayed that announcement.


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