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Dear Daughters, Olympic Women’s Hockey Starts Tomorrow!

Dear Daughters,

Women’s Olympic Hockey starts tomorrow and as you can imagine, I cannot wait! There are two games tomorrow both from Group A. The USA plays Finland at 4am AST and Canada plays Switzerland at 9am AST. There has only been one time in Olympic history that a Women’s Gold medal game has not featured Canada vs the United States and that was in the 2006 Games when Sweden upset the United States 3-2 in the semi-final. Canada beat Sweden in the final 4-1. The United States beat Finland 4-0 to win the bronze.

There has been much disappointment when it comes to the competitiveness of women’s hockey at the international level. For instance, in that same 2006 Olympic competition, Canada beat Italy 16-0, Russia 12-0 and Sweden 8-1 in preliminary play while the Unites States beat Switzerland 6-0, Germany 5-0 and Finalnd 7-3 in preliminary play. The other Olympic Games have similar preliminary scores involving Canada and the United States against their opponents, especially those opponents ranked much lower. This year the Olympic format is different, in hopes of having much more competitive games in all rounds of play and it goes like this:

The top ranked teams (1-4) make up Group A and those teams are: Canada, United States, Switzerland and Finland. The teams ranked 5-8 make up Group B and those teams are: Russia, Japan, Germany and Sweden. During the preliminary round teams play only teams from their group. At the end of the preliminary round all 4 teams of Group A advance to the play off round: the top two teams of Group A advance straight to the semi-final and the bottom two teams will play in the quarter-final games against the top two teams in Group B after their preliminary match ups. The bottom two teams of Group B do not advance.

Here is the schedule (all times are in Atlantic Standard Time):

Saturday, February 8, 2014
4am USA vs Finland
9am Canada vs Switzerland

Sunday, February 9, 2014
4am Sweden vs Japan
9am Russia vs Germany

Monday, February 10, 2014
6am USA vs Switzerland
11am Canada vs Finland

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6am Germany vs Sweden
11am Russia vs Japan

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
4am Switzerland vs Finland
8:30am Canada vs USA

Thursday, February 13, 2014
4am Japan vs Germany
1pm Sweden vs Russia

Saturday, February 15, 2014
4am Quarter-final
8:30am Quarter-final

Sunday, February 16, 2014
4am Classification game
1pm Classification game

Monday, February 17, 2014
8:30am Semi-final
1pm Semi-final

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
4am Classification game
8:30am Classification game

Thursday, February 20, 2014
8am Bronze Medal game
1pm Gold Medal game

Hayley Wickenheiser carrying the Canadian flag into the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Hayley Wickenheiser carrying the Canadian flag into the Olympic Opening Ceremonies
Source: CBC Sports Olympic coverage – screen capture

Hayley Wickenheiser- Canada's Flag Bearer

Hayley Wickenheiser- Canada’s Flag Bearer
Source:Screen capture from CBC’s Olympic Coverage

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