POSTED: Thursday March 17th 2011

Team USA Women to Play Canada in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Pre-World Championship Games Set for April 7-8

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of games against Canada on April 7 and 8, in Ann Arbor, Mich., prior to departing for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland. At the tournament, which runs from April 16-25, the U.S. will be looking to defend its back-to-back world titles from 2008 and 2009.

Tickets are now on sale for both pre-world championship games, which will take place at 7 p.m. EDT, in the Olympic Rink at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, home to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased by calling USA Hockey's NTDP at 734-327-9251. Adult tickets are $10, while student tickets are $5.

Select U.S. Women's National Team players will be available for autographs in the lobby immediately following each game.

The match-up against Canada is part of a selection/training camp that will take place from April 4-12 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, featuring thirty players who have been selected to the preliminary roster for the U.S. Women's National Team. The roster showcases 16 Olympians, 15 of whom captured the world title with Team USA in 2009. For the full preliminary roster, click here.

The U.S. women last faced Canada in the state of Michigan on Jan. 6, 2002, when they earned a 7-3 victory in a game prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Held at Joe Louis Arena, the game drew 10,158 fans, which set the women's Team USA attendance record. It is also the second most attended women's hockey game in the U.S. (the University of Wisconsin's women's ice hockey team drew 10,668 fans to its "Fill the Bowl" game against the University of Minnesota on Jan. 29, 2011).

NOTES: Doors to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube will open at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the start of the games ... The final 21-player U.S. Women's National Team roster is set to be announced on April 9. The squad will then depart on April 12 for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship ... Team USA has won three gold medals and nine silvers in the 12 previous IIHF World Women’s Championships. The U.S. has won three of the last four world championships (2005, 2008, 2009) ... As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Mark Hudak, head women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College, and Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University. Stone, Hudak and Witt were all behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup.

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Keywords · USA Hockey · Womens · National Team · Canada · Ann Arbor · Michigan · 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Womens Championship

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