COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship begins Friday (March 31) at USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan, with athletes from the top eight nations in the world competing for the gold medal.
The 2017 Women’s World Hockey Championships will take place, for the first time ever, at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
The tournament takes place annually in non-Olympic years to determine the world champion in senior women’s hockey. It will begin with pool play consisting of two pools with four teams each. The four teams from Pool A advance to the playoff round and the top two teams from Pool B join them in the standard championship bracket format.
The teams competing in Plymouth, in ranking order, include USA, Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany. Team USA won gold in the 2016 tournament, held in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
NHL Network will televise all Team USA games and NHL.com will stream all Team USA games live, marking more coverage of the tournament than ever before.
Team USA has won the last three gold medals in the event and six of the last seven titles. The U.S. opens tournament play against arch-rival Canada Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“It’s great to welcome the world to our country for the Women’s World Championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “While it’s always special to host, this year is particularly unique for fans as they’ll get to see the same players they’ll watch in 10 months during the Winter Olympics, in person at USA Hockey Arena.”
For complete coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team, including schedule and news, click here.
NOTES: The eight competing teams include USA, Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany … The U.S. has previously hosted the tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. (1994), Minneapolis (2001), and Burlington, Vermont (2012) … The 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship marks the first-ever IIHF championship played in the state of Michigan.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) March 31, 2017