Members of the U.S. women’s hockey team make less money than their Canadian rivals.

Canadian players not only have access to a larger pool of funds, but Hockey Canada is providing funding for five developmental players in addition to funding its 23-player roster, the Associated Press reported Thursday. In comparison, USA Hockey limits its funding to 23 players.

The report comes after a long battle between American players and USA Hockey over the benefits and provisions in their new contract.

A source familiar with the negotiation process told Just Women’s Sports that U.S. players tried to get similar developmental funding, but USA Hockey refused to cover the expense. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity due to a confidentiality clause in the U.S. contract.

In addition, Canadian players receive a percentage of ticket revenue from the annual Rivalry Series games played in Canada. There’s no comparable revenue sharing agreement in the U.S. contract.

The NHL is providing some funding to U.S. players as part of the new deal, something the league initially began doing following the 2017 boycott, per the AP report. For reference, the NHL has given USA Hockey money for the boys-only national team developmental program (NTDP) for decades.

Canada’s contract, which lasts just one year, went into effect on Oct. 1, 2022, and was announced in December. The U.S. contract, which lasts for three years, was never announced but was signed in January. The old U.S. contract was initially set to expire in August 2022 — right in the middle of the 2022 World Championship — but the two sides agreed to an extension ahead of the competition.

U.S. players have long been critical of USA Hockey’s treatment and promotion of the women’s team, in addition to the resources and funding provided to the country’s female athletes. In 2017, U.S. players threatened to boycott that year’s World Championship unless USA Hockey came to the table and provided the women’s team with more equitable funding and support. According to the AP, while the pool of money allocated to U.S. players has increased since 2017, it has not kept up with the pace of inflation.

Both Hockey Canada and USA Hockey consider players independent contractors, not employees. As a result, players are unable to collectively bargain or unionize. That’s a major difference from the soccer world, where both the U.S. and Canadian teams are unionized. Canada’s national soccer team is currently embroiled in a dispute with Canada Soccer over its own collective bargaining agreement.

Team USA won the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship title on Sunday night in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The U.S. defeated Canada, 6-3, at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario, to win its 10th women’s hockey world title — and first since 2019.

The final score was not indicative of just how tight the game was. Canada led three times on Sunday night, with the U.S. coming back each time.

Tied 3-3 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, U.S. captain Hilary Knight scored the go-ahead goal on a 5-on-3 power play — her 100th career world championship point. Knight, who also scored Team USA’s second goal of the night, completed her hat trick just 27 seconds later.

Aerin Frankel anchored the U.S. in net, turning away 24 shots.

Canada entered the final with momentum in the cross-border rivalry, having won the last two world championship titles, plus Olympic gold in 2022. Then add in that Canada was on a five-game win streak versus the U.S., which included a nine-round shootout victory during the preliminary round.

For the 22nd time in 22 tournaments, the U.S. women’s hockey team will play in the final of the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The U.S. defeated Czechia, 9-1, at CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario, on Saturday to book a spot in this year’s championship game (Sunday 7pm ET, NHL Network). Team USA will play the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal (Canada vs. Switzerland).

The U.S. kicked off scoring into the first period with an Amanda Kessel power play goal (video embedded below).

While Kessel’s was the only goal scored in the first period, the U.S. opened the floodgates in the second with two goals from Hilary Knight, one from Abbey Murphy, one from Abby Roque, and another from Kessel.

Czechia also recorded its lone goal of the game the second period with this snipe from 16-year-old Adéla Šapovalivová, who is making her second senior world championship appearance in Brampton (video embedded below).


With the win, the U.S. women’s hockey team continues its unprecedented streak of World Championship finals appearances. Beginning with the first IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990, the U.S. has qualified for the final each and every time, winning the world title on nine occasions.

Archrival Canada has made the world championship final every year save one: 2019, when the Canadians were upset by Finland, 4-2, in the semifinal round.

Women’s Hockey World Championship – Year-by-Year Finals History

  • 1990: Canada def. United States, 5–2
  • 1992: Canada def. United States, 8–0
  • 1994: Canada def. United States, 6–3
  • 1997: Canada def. United States, 4–3 (OT)
  • 1999: Canada def. United States, 3–1
  • 2000: Canada def. United States, 3–2 (OT)
  • 2001: Canada def. United States, 3–2
  • 2003: Tournament cancelled due to SARS outbreak
  • 2004: Canada def. United States, 2–0
  • 2005: United States def. Canada, 1–0 (SO)
  • 2007: Canada def. United States, 5–1
  • 2008: United States def. Canada, 4–3
  • 2009: United States def. Canada, 4–1
  • 2011: United States def. Canada, 3–2 (OT)
  • 2012: Canada def. United States, 5–4 (OT)
  • 2013: United States def. Canada, 3–2
  • 2015: United States def. Canada, 7–5
  • 2016: United States def. Canada, 1–0 (OT)
  • 2017: United States def. Canada, 3–2 (OT)
  • 2019: United States def. Finland, 2–1 (SO)
  • 2020: Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 2021: Canada def. United States, 3–2 (OT)
  • 2022: Canada def. United States 2–1

The International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Worlds is continuing as normal, with the United States and Canada on a collision course.

Both teams advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, though Canada nearly exited early from the tournament. The defending champions narrowly edged Sweden 3-2 in overtime in the quarterfinals, marking the first time ever that the Canadians had played an overtime period in that round.

“I think it just shows where the game’s at in the world right now. You have teams that continue to push, to chase us and the U.S. down, and that’s something we take a lot of pride in,” Canada’s Erin Ambrose said. “You look at what Sweden did today, they played fantastic. Soderberg was unbelievable. Any game we go into we know we’re going to get everybody’s best, so I think that’s something we’re always reminded of and something that we have to keep in mind.”

Canada next will face Switzerland, which beat Japan 5-1 in its own quarterfinal. That could set up an easy ride to the final, as the Canadians beat the Swiss 4-0 in their first game of the tournament.

The United States, meanwhile, won their quarterfinal match over Germany 3-0, setting up a semifinal showdown with the Czech Republic.

The match against Germany proved big for goaltender Aerin Frankel, who recorded her first shutout for Team USA. She was named player of the game for her efforts, which included 18 saves.

Sweden’s Hilda Svensson currently leads all scorers with 11 points, having scored five goals and added six assists. Teammates Lina Ljungblom and Hanna Olsson follow in second with 10 points.

Caroline Harvey and Taylor Heise lead Team USA with eight points, while Sarah Fillier leads Team Canada with the same.

U.S. hockey player Abbey Murphy entered the IIHF history books on Friday.

Murphy, 20, scored just seven seconds into the United States’ group play win over Switzerland at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Brampton, Ontario.

After Abby Roque won the opening faceoff for the U.S., Murphy skated by two Swiss defenders and managed to get a wide angle shot past Swiss goalie Saskia Maurer.

The previous record for fastest goal in an IIHF Women’s World Championship game was 13 seconds, set by Germany’s Maren Valenti in a consolation round game against Switzerland on April 17, 1994.

Murphy, a member of the 2022 silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic team, just concluded her sophomore season at the University of Minnesota. She made her senior world championship debut in 2021, but was cut from the U.S. roster ahead of last summer’s world championship tournament in Denmark.

All told, eight different American players scored in the 9-1 victory over Switzerland: Caroline Harvey (2), Murphy, Hannah Bilka, Becca Gilmore, Abby Roque, Amanda Kessel, Cayla Barnes, and Gabrielle Hughes. For both Hughes and Gilmore, it marked their first goals as members of the U.S. senior national team.

Rahel Enzler, a junior at the University of Maine, scored Switzerland’s lone goal. It was the first time Switzerland scored against the U.S. women’s hockey team in world championship competition since April 6, 2008.

Also on Friday at Women’s Hockey Worlds, Canadian living legend Marie Philip-Poulin scored her 100th and 101st career goals during her team’s 5-1 win over Czechia.

The U.S. and Canada are both 2-0-0 in group play and are likely to meet twice during the world championship tournament (in the final game of group play and then again in the knockout round). Canada is aiming to win its third straight world championship title in Brampton.

From NWSL MVP Sophia Smith to Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, from college basketball star Aliyah Boston to world-class runner Athing Mu, the future of women’s sports looks bright.

As we enter a new year, Just Women’s Sports takes a look at 23 athletes under 23 years old who we expect to shine in 2023.

One note: The list is limited to American athletes. So while athletes such as Germany’s Lena Oberdorf, Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and more should be considered among the best young stars in the world, they are not included here.

Seasoned pros

Mia Fishel, 21 – Soccer

Why has Fishel not earned a call-up to the U.S. women’s national team? That question is only becoming more pressing as she continues to make her name in Liga MX.

One of the brightest young soccer stars, Fishel became the first foreign-born player to win the league’s Golden Boot with 17 goals for UANL Tigres. She also helped lead the Tigres to the Liga MX title. Fishel’s abilities — and her potential — made her an easy choice for this list.

Naomi Girma, 22 – Soccer

Girma is the present and future of the USWNT defense. After she was taken No. 1 overall in the last NWSL Draft, Girma had just about as good of a rookie season as one could have. Not only did the San Diego Wave star win Rookie of the Year, she was also named Defender of the Year and earned a spot among the NWSL’s Best XI.

She made her first appearance for the USWNT in April. Since then, she’s recorded 10 caps and was named to the Best XI for the Concacaf W Championship.

Rhyne Howard, 22 – Basketball

Howard had a stellar 2022, which culminated in the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. The No. 1 overall draft pick out of Kentucky in April, she became the lone rookie to earn a roster spot for the All-Star game and took Rookie of the Month honors every month from May to August. Howard finished the season at eighth on the scoring list with 16.2 points per game.

Trinity Rodman, 20 – Soccer

For Rodman, 2021 served as a coming-out party, and 2022 continued the celebration. She became the youngest player drafted in NWSL history in 2021 and helped lead the Spirit to the NWSL title that same year. She followed that up with a record contract in 2022, and in August she was named one of 20 finalists for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

Internationally, Rodman scored her first USWNT goal in 2022 after making her national team debut in February. She just continues to get better, and that shouldn’t change in 2023.

Sophia Smith, 22 – Soccer

Smith is one of the best young soccer players in the world right now. At just 22 years old, she led the USWNT in scoring in 2022 with 11 goals, becoming the youngest player to do so since 21-year-old Mia Hamm in 1993.

In 2022, the Portland Thorns forward also became the youngest NWSL MVP, and she was named MVP of the championship match and as a member of the league’s Best XI. And she very well could be adding U.S. Soccer Player of the Year to her list of accolades. As the national team sets its sights on the 2023 World Cup, Smith will be a key piece for the defending champions.

Olympic medalists

Jordan Chiles, 21 – Gymnastics

After she helped the United States to a team silver at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, she played a key role in the team winning gold at the World Championships in 2022. She also earned silver medals in the vault and floor exercises. Chiles is one to watch as the 2024 Olympic cycle approaches.

Kate Douglass, 21 – Swimming

Douglass put together arguably the greatest individual performance in collegiate swimming history in 2022, breaking American records in three separate events — in three separate strokes and distances.

The Virginia senior followed up that performance by winning three medals at the World Championships, including bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke. At the short course World Championships in December, she won two individual gold medals and seven total medals.

Eileen Gu, 19 – Skiing

Gu stunned the world in 2022, winning Olympic gold in big air and halfpipe while also capturing a silver in slopestyle. Born in the United States but competing for China, she became the youngest gold-medal winner ever in freestyle skiing and became just the second woman to land a double cork 1620 in competition on her first attempt.

As her celebrity skyrocketed, sponsorship deals also poured in for Gu. She finished the year as the third-highest-paid female athlete behind tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, bringing in an astounding $20.1 million, according to Forbes.

Torri Huske, 20 – Swimming

After finishing the NCAA season strong, Huske was a member of Team USA at the World Championships in June. There, she won the 100 butterfly in a new American record time for her first individual world title. She also claimed a bronze in the 100 freestyle, and she led all swimmers with six total medals.

She continued that run at the short course World Championships in December, winning seven total medals and topping the podium four times. As the swimming world starts to set its eyes on the Paris Olympics, Huske will be one to watch.

Chloe Kim, 22 – Snowboarding

Kim had a successful 2022, defending her 2018 Olympic title in the halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics. She scored a 94, well above the rest of the competition, and is eyeing a return for the 2026 Olympics. If she tops the podium again in Italy, she would become the first woman ever to earn three Olympic gold medals in snowboarding.

Suni Lee, 19 – Gymnastics

After she became a household name at the Tokyo Olympics, Lee began her freshman year at Auburn. While there, she won the 2022 national title in the balance beam and placed second in the all-around. She has announced that the upcoming NCAA season will be her last as she plans to return to elite gymnastics, with her sights set on the 2024 Olympics.

Athing Mu, 20 – Track and field

Following up on her stunning Olympic campaign in 2021, Mu continued her run in 2022, winning the world title in the 800 meters. In doing so, she became the first American woman to win the world title in the 800 and the youngest woman in history to win both Olympic and world titles in an individual track and field event.

Mu hasn’t lost on the outdoor track since Sept. 2019, a streak that dates back three years. Look for her to continue to dominate the track in 2023.

College Stars

Aliyah Boston, 21 – Basketball

Boston’s trophy case must be groaning under the weight of all her awards from 2022. She won the national championship with South Carolina, and she was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. She also won the Naismith College Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Wooden Award and the AP Player of the Year award.

You name it, she won it in 2022 — except for the ESPY for Best Collegiate Athlete, which went to Jocelyn Alo. But that doesn’t take away from Boston’s accomplishments. She’s also started her senior season with similar success. The undefeated Gamecocks have a good shot at winning back-to-back titles, and that’s largely due to Boston.

Paige Bueckers, 21 – Basketball

It’s hard to know what kind of year Bueckers will have in 2023, as she will miss all of this season with a knee injury. But Bueckers’ capabilities cannot be disputed. Even after missing much of last season with a knee injury, she returned to help lead UConn to the national championship game.

Caitlin Clark, 20 – Basketball

Iowa basketball would not be Iowa basketball without Clark. Known for her logo 3-pointers and insane range, she single-handedly has sought to will Iowa to victory multiple times this season.

As a sophomore in the 2021-22 season, Clark became the first women’s player to lead the NCAA in scoring and assists. She also had a streak of 19 games with at least 15 points and five assists, the longest such streak in women’s basketball. Only Trae Young at Oklahoma has recorded a longer such streak.

Azzi Fudd, 20 – Basketball

In the absence of Bueckers, Fudd stepped up in a big way for UConn to start this season. Before she went down with her own knee injury in early December, the sophomore led the Huskies in scoring with 20.6 points while adding 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 rebounds. She also posted 32 points against a then-top 5 Texas team, tying her with Diana Taurasi for the most points scored by a UConn player against a top-five opponent. And she should be making her return to the court soon.

Caroline Harvey, 20 – Ice hockey

The youngest player named to the 2021 World Championship roster for Team USA, Harvey subsequently made the Olympic and World Championship rosters in 2022. The defender had a stellar run at worlds, recording three goals and five assists for eight points. She’s in the midst of her freshman year at Wisconsin, with 25 points — including 18 assists — through 21 games.

Taylor Heise, 22 – Ice hockey

Heise entered her fifth year at Minnesota on a high note. A member of Team USA and the 2022 winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, she made her World Championship debut in 2022 with a bang. En route to the silver medal, Heise led the tournament in scoring with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) through seven games. She was named Best Forward and tournament MVP.

The Golden Gophers star is not done rolling. Through 19 games this season, she has 13 goals and 21 assists, which puts her on track to beat her 29 goals and 37 assists through 39 games last season.

Rose Zhang, 19 – Golf

Zhang became the first athlete to sign an NIL deal with Adidas in June after she won the individual NCAA title and helped lead Stanford to its second NCAA title. In her freshman season, she broke the NCAA’s single-season scoring average with an astounding 69.68.

She received invitations to the U.S. Open and British Open this year, finishing tied for 40th and tied for 28th, respectively. She’s topped the world amateurs ranking for two years in a row. Look out for Zhang to make another NCAA title run in her sophomore season.

Tiare Jennings, 20 – Softball

While the spotlight of the 2022 Women’s College World Series centered on departing senior Jocelyn Alo, Jennings also continued to make a name for herself at Oklahoma. A two-time WCWS champion, she’s twice been named to the All-Tournament team — all in her first two seasons with the Sooners.

She batted .385 and blasted 24 home runs in the 2022 season. Her total of 72 RBI was tied for third in the NCAA. She also excelled in the field, posting a .982 fielding percentage and recording just two errors all season long. During the WCWS, she set the record for RBIs with 15, adding to the Sooners’ record-breaking 64 runs.

Next wave

Coco Gauff, 18 – Tennis

When Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis in 2022, the question became: Who is the future of American tennis? As eyes turned to Williams’ final stretch of matches, the answer to that question went on an incredible run of her own.

Gauff rocketed up to a career-high world No. 1 in the doubles rankings in August and a career-high No. 4 in singles in October. The French Open, which came in the same month as her high school graduation, provided the stage for Gauff’s first-ever Grand Slam final. She also reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time in 2022. In October, she became the youngest singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals since Maria Sharapova in 2005. While Gauff still has yet to win her first major, the 18-year-old is well on her way there.

Harper Murray, 18 – Volleyball

The Nebraska volleyball commit was named to our All-American team in December after capping her high school career with an eye-popping senior season. She ended with a .410 hitting percentage and 663 kills. That bumped her career total to 2,245, and she also finished with 1,423 career digs.

Her efforts earned her Michigan’s Miss Volleyball title, and she will enter her career at Nebraska as the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country.

Isabeau Levito, 15 – Figure skating

Levito made her senior international debut in 2022, placing first at the Philadelphia Summer International in her first senior competition. She followed that up by winning gold in her first appearance on the Challenger circuit.

She made her Grand Prix debut at Skate America in October, where she finished second behind world champion Kaori Sakamoto of Japan. She became the youngest American to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since Caroline Zhang in 2007. With her sights set on the 2026 Olympics, Levito will be one to watch this year and for years to come.

U-20 honorable mentions

Chloe Kovelesky, 15 – Golf

Kovelesky became the youngest player to play in the U.S. Women’s Open in 2021. In 2022, she placed first in the Portland Classic Amateur Open and qualified for her first LPGA event.

Olivia Moultrie, 17 – Soccer

After making her professional debut in the NWSL in 2021, Moultrie scored her first goal for the Portland Thorns in 2022. She won a championship with the club just a few months later, and she soaked in (most of) the celebrations.

Jaedyn Shaw, 18 – Soccer

Shaw is another teenager who has made a splash in the NWSL. She joined the San Diego Wave in July, she wasted no time, scoring her first professional goal in her first start. She finished the season with three goals for the expansion club.

Alyssa Thompson, 18 – Soccer

In September, Thompson became the youngest player since Sophia Smith to earn a senior national team call-up. She made her debut with the USWNT in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Stadium in London and finished the year with two caps.

Gretchen Walsh, 19 – Swimming

Walsh had a breakout freshman season for Virginia, becoming the first freshman ever to crack 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle. One of just two swimmers to break 21 seconds in the meet, she was bested only by teammate Douglass, who took gold. She later won the 100 freestyle with the fourth-fastest collegiate swim of all time.

Canada continued its reign over women’s hockey Sunday, downing the United States 2-1 to take home gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The 2022 Wolds title joins Canada’s gold medals from the 2021 IIHF World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics.

Sunday marked the 20th time in Worlds history where the final featured Team USA vs. Canada, adding another chapter to a bitter rivalry.

Canada came out hot, leading the United States 5-2 in shot attempts in the opening frame, but failed to find the back of the net, keeping the matchup deadlocked heading into the second quarter.

Brianne Jenner broke the tie at the 10:29 mark in the second, scoring a silky goal, assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin and Ella Shelton, to put Canada ahead.

A minute late, Jenner scored again, converting a slap shot on a Canada power play to double her side’s lead.

Down 2-0, the United States had to make a move, and they did so in dwindling seconds of the second frame.

Abby Roque played hero, tapping in a backdoor pass from Amanda Kessel to bring the United States within one of Canada heading into the final frame.

Despite a wave of pressure from Team USA and several close calls, the score line remained in Canada’s favor until the buzzer.

Ann-Renée Desbiens was critical in keeping Canada ahead, making a series of saves to deny quality chances from Lacey Eden, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Hilary Knight to secure the victory for her team.

“Just get something in front of the puck, it doesn’t need to be pretty,” Desbiens said of her last-minute stops.

Despite the United States defeating their rivals 5-2 in the tournament’s group stage, it was Canada who came out victorious when it mattered most.

Sunday’s win earns Canada its third gold medal in 12 months.

Hilary Knight has written her name in the history books once again, becoming the all-time leading scorer at the IIHF Women’s World Championship on Thursday.

The 33-year-old notched a goal and an assist during the United States’ 12-1 blowout win over Hungary to catapult her to the top of the all-time points list with 87. She surpassed former Canada great Hayley Wickenheiser, who had 86 career points at worlds.

Knight already owned the record for career goals at the IIHF tournament, and her third-period tally extended her record to 51. It also assured her of the points record, after a scoring change took away a second-period assist that seemed to be the record-breaker.

Thursday’s emphatic win advances the United States to Saturday’s semifinals.

Knight has been on a tear in Denmark, scoring in the United States’ 5-2 victory over Canada on Tuesday to help clinch the top spot in Group A and the top seed in the knockout round.

She has four goals and three assists in five games so far.

Knight’s record-setting game Thursday earned her praise across the sports world, including from tennis icon Billie Jean King, who congratulated the hockey star on her groundbreaking feat.

Team USA will continue its quest for glory in Saturday’s semifinals. The two semifinal matchups will air at 8 a.m. ET and 12 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and the gold medal game will air at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NHL Network.

The United States scored five goals in a row against rival Canada to rally to a 5-2 victory Tuesday to close out the group stage of the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

With the win, Team USA finishes atop Group A at the tournament in Denmark and seals the top seed for the knockout stage, which starts Thursday with the quarterfinals. The Americans will take on Hungary from Group B at 10 a.m. ET, while the Canadians will face Sweden at 2 p.m. ET.

After Canada surged to a 2-0 first period lead Tuesday, Megan Keller got on the board for the United States early in the second period, and then Kelly Pannek followed with another.

A few minutes into the third period, 20-year-old Lacey Eden scored the go-ahead goal for Team USA, sending the puck over the shoulder of Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer.

Kendall Coyne Schofield added another tally for the United States, and Hilary Knight iced the victory with an empty net goal.

Knight’s goal increased her career tally of world championship points to 85. She sits at second in tournament history, and she needs just two more to break the record of 86 points held by former Canada player Hayley Wickenheiser.

While Canada won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics over the United States and also won the 2021 world championship, besting their rival in both finals, Team USA has been the stronger team in this tournament.

Heading into Tuesday, both the United States and Canada had gone undefeated through their first three games of the group stage, but the former had displayed more firepower in its wins.

Team USA kicked off the tournament with a 10-0 win over Japan. From there, the Americans haven’t let off the gas. They won 6-1 over Finland and 9-0 over Switzerland, showing marked improvement from their group-stage wins at the Olympics.

Team USA entered Tuesday having scored the most goals so far in the tournament, with 25 goals coming off 191 shots on goal. Czech Republic entered the day as the most efficient goal scoring team, with 18 goals on 126 shots on goal.

Undefeated Czech Republic finished atop the lower-tier Group B and will face Finland in the quarterfinals. The fourth- and fifth-place teams in Group A, Switzerland and Japan, will compete in the last quarterfinal.

Knockout round schedule

All times listed in ET. Games in bold will be televised on NHL Network.

Thursday, Sept. 1:

  • United States vs. Hungary, 10 a.m.
  • Canada vs. Sweden, 2 p.m.
  • Switzerland vs. Japan, 6 a.m.
  • Finland vs. Czech Republic, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • Semifinal #1, 8 a.m. (NHL Network)
  • Semifinal #2, 12 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Sept. 4:

  • Bronze medal game, 9 a.m. (NHL Network)
  • Gold medal game, 1:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

This year offers double the hockey and double the fun with the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship set to kick off Thursday in Denmark.

A world championship and an Olympics never before have been played in the same year, which means 2022 Winter Games champion Canada could be the first team to score a golden double dip.

Canada won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics over the United States and also won the 2021 world championship, besting the United States in both finals. The Canadian team will look for a third straight gold in Denmark.

Canada leads Group A and is joined by Finland, Japan, the United States and Switzerland. Group B features the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Hungary. Every team from Group A and the top three teams from Group B advance to the knockout round.

In Group B, Denmark will look to avoid relegation to the lower division, the fate for the two teams that finish at the bottom of the lower group. Denmark would be just the second team in world championship history, men’s or women’s, to be relegated while hosting the event, joining the 2005 Austrian men’s team.

The United States and Canada look set to duke it out for the top spot in Group A.

During group play at the Olympics, Team USA won all its games except for those against Canada, which went undefeated. The hard-fought gold-medal game ended in a 3-2 win for the Canadians, with Marie-Philip Poulin once again providing the game winner after doing the same at the 2021 world championship.

“NHL 23” cover star Sarah Nurse is also a threat for Canada, having played her way up to the first line during the Olympics by leading the tournament in scoring.

Both Canada and the U.S. are sporting rosters similar to their Olympic squads, with just a few additions and subtractions.

In Group B, Sweden and the Czech Republic both look like strong contenders to advance to the knockout round. Both made it to the knockout round of the Olympic tournament before being eliminated by Canada and Team USA, respectively.

Full Schedule

All times listed in ET. Games in bold will be televised on NHL Network.

Thursday, Aug. 25:

  • Japan vs. USA, 9 a.m.
  • Germany vs. Hungary, 9:30 a.m.
  • Finland vs. Canada, 1 p.m.
  • Denmark vs. Sweden, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26:

  • Switzerland vs. Japan, 12:30 p.m.
  • Hungary vs. Czech Republic, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27:

  • USA vs. Finland, 9 a.m.
  • Sweden vs. Germany, 9:30 a.m.
  • Canada vs. Switzerland, 1 p.m.
  • Czech Republic vs. Denmark, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 28:

  • Japan vs. Canada, 9 a.m.
  • Denmark vs. Hungary, 11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 29:

  • Finland vs. Japan, 9 a.m.
  • Germany vs. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m.
  • USA vs. Switzerland, 1 p.m.
  • Hungary vs. Sweden, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 30:

  • Sweden vs. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m.
  • Switzerland vs. Finland, 10 a.m.
  • Denmark vs. Germany, 1:30 p.m.
  • USA vs. Canada, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1:

  • Quarterfinal #1, 10 a.m.
  • Quarterfinal #2, 2 p.m.
  • Quarterfinal #3, 6 a.m.
  • Quarterfinal #4, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • Semifinal #1, 8 a.m. (NHL Network)
  • Semifinal #2, 12 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Sept. 4:

  • Bronze medal game, 9 a.m. (NHL Network)
  • Gold medal game, 1:30 p.m. (NHL Network)