Nova Scotia

Canada opens against Finland at 2020 Women's World Hockey Championship in Halifax

Organizers released details Wednesday about the 31-game, 10-team tournament to be held in Halifax and Truro, N.S., from March 31 to April 10 next year.

Halifax and Truro, N.S., will co-host tournament from March 31 to April 10, 2020

Rebecca Johnston, left, celebrates after scoring for Canada in its 6-1 victory over host Finland at the 2019 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Espoo, Finland, on April 9, 2019. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via Associated Press)

Canada will open the 2020 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship in Nova Scotia with a game against defending silver-medallist Finland.

Organizers released details Wednesday about the 31-game, 10-team tournament to be held in Halifax and Truro, N.S., from March 31 to April 10 next year.

Canada, coming off a bronze-medal showing at last year's worlds in Finland, will play in Group A in Halifax with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S., which has won the last five tournaments.

Group B in Truro will feature the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

Halifax last played host to the event in 2004 when Canada shut out the U.S. 4-0 in the gold-medal game.

Team Canada goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer said bringing home another gold is "long overdue."

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