The fourth edition of the Rivalry Series is back
The GIST: Sharpen your skates and bundle up because the Rivalry Series is back, baby. Before women’s hockey’s brightest stars take the ice for PWHL training camp on November 15th, Team Canada and Team USA’s best drop the puck on the fourth edition of the Rivalry Series, a seven-game exhibition matchup between these bitter foes.
The history: First launched in 2018–19 as a three-game rivalry series, it’s since evolved, growing to five games in 2019–20 and seven when it returned in 2022–23 following the pandemic. Canada owns the all-time edge with a 10-5 record across all Rivalry Series games, but the U.S. could even the score with a win this time around. Spicy.
The players: Both squads are absolutely stacked with talent, boasting a mix of legendary veterans and exciting newcomers. Canada will lead with forwards Sarah Fillier, Sarah Nurse, and the one and only Marie-Philip Poulin, their top three scorers at last year’s World Championships.
- The U.S. will counter with some seasoned starpower of their own: 2023 IIHF Female Player of the Year Hilary Knight will be on a lamp-lighting mission while stalwart goaltender Aerin Frankel holds it down between the pipes.
- And the red, white, and blue’s roster is history-making, too — currently a sophomore at Wisconsin, forward Laila Edwards will become the first Black woman to play for the U.S. senior national team. Barrier breaker.
How to tune in: Game 1 is set for tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET in Tempe, Arizona, before the tour heads to Hollywood for Game 2 in LA, on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. U.S. fans can watch on the NHL Network while red and white rooters can tune in on TSN. This ice is just heating up.