Canada, USA to meet again in PWHPA ‘Rivalry Rematch’

Kendall Coyne Schofield and Team USA finished second to Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics. (Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Canada and Team USA will go head-to-head once again on the ice, for the first time since Canada beat the U.S. to win gold at the Beijing Olympics in a game that drew in record viewership. The PWHPA announced Tuesday, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Penguins, plans for “Rivalry Rematch.”

The game is scheduled for Match 12 at 4 p.m. ET at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

“The Penguins are honored to support the Canadian and USA women’s hockey all stars returning from Beijing and host the Rivalry Rematch at PPG Paints Arena,” said Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. “Growing the sport of ice hockey at all levels has been at the foundation of our franchise over the past 15 years. There is no doubt these women athletes have influenced and advanced the sport of hockey for girls, not only in Pittsburgh, but across North America.”

Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel headline the American roster, which will be without Brianna Decker, who was injured in the first game of the Olympics, and college standouts like Grace Zumwinkle.

The Canadian roster is filled with recent gold-medal winners, including Marie-Philip Poulin, Briann Jenner and Sarah Nurse. Nurse set the Olympic record for points in a single tournament, recording 18, while Jenner was named tournament MVP after scoring nine goals, tying the Olympic record.

“It’s no secret that the past few years have been difficult for women’s hockey, but these players proved in Beijing that they have the tremendous ability to fight through every challenge and play some of the best hockey the sport has ever seen,” said Jayna Hefford, PWHPA Operations Consultant. “This rematch will be a fun experience not only for the players themselves, but for fans, the Pittsburgh community and women’s hockey in general.”

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jayna Hefford will serve as guest coaches on the Canadian bench. For the Americans, hall of famer Cammie Granato and Emily Matheson will serve as special guests behind the bench.