Canadian defender Tara Watchorn announced her retirement from pro hockey, first from the CWHL and then today from the national team, retiring at only 27 years of age with an Olympic Gold and Clarkson Cup.
Canadian goaltender Charline Labonté today announced her retirement from both the Canadian national team and the Montreal Canadiennes, capping a nearly 20 year career where she won four Olympic Gold Medals, two World Championships and a Clarkson Cup.
Unlike 2015, which was “the year of Team USA” in women’s hockey, there was a little more parity in the later months of 2016, with Canada finally striking multiple blows to Team USA’s dominance, ultimately ending the calendar year with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
02:20 – PEN – Alexeyev, holding
06:16 – PEN – Chebykin, interference
06:29 – PP GOAL – Andersson (Bernhardt, Pettersson)
06:48 – GOAL – Shvyryov (Veryayev)
07:44 – PEN – Brännström, hooking
10:03 – GOAL – Pettersson (Andersson, Grundström)
16:32 – PEN – Karlström, high sticking
16:32 – PEN – Voronkov, roughing
16:32 – PEN – Ohlsson, roughing
The American women’s squad gained redemption for their loss a day earlier to Canada, winning when it counted to capture the 2016 Four Nations Cup, their seventh all-time title, and regaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
Canada finally put an end to Team USA’s dominant win streak on the women’s international hockey circuit, notching a narrow 3-2 victory in the Preliminary Round finale at the Four Nations Cup to hold the edge leading to the Gold Medal Game between these two tomorrow, with both the Cup and the International Hockey Lineal Championship on the line.
Team USA set the table for another fierce showdown with Team Canada, this time following a 4-0 thumping of hosts Finland at the Four Nations Cup, to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Team USA set a scary tone for their opponents at this year’s Four Nations Cup in Finland, thrashing Sweden 6-0 to open the tournament and improve their current International Hockey Lineal Championship win streak to 15 consecutive games.