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USA Hockey’s IIHF World Championships schedule announced

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The 2021 IIHF Women’s Hockey World Championship is finally upon us.

After being cancelled twice due to coronavirus, the event was rescheduled for Aug. 20-31 in Alberta, Canada.

With World Championships slated to begin Thursday, Aug. 20, the full schedule has arrived.

Team USA is set to begin the preliminary round against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET. They will then play Finland and Russia Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 respectively before setting their sight on Canada.

The Americans will face off against Canada on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. ET. It will be a highly anticipated matchup — and a potential preview of the hockey finals at the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

Historically, Canada held a chokehold on the World Championships up until 2013, when the United States won their fifth world title. Since then, the United States has not lost a world title. Their most recent win came in Finland in 2019.

All games will be held on NHL Network.