Hockey

Four Nations Cup brings up heated Canada-USA memories

Canada and USA have played a significant game nearly every year since 1998 when women's hockey made its Olympic debut in Nagano, Japan. On Wednesday night, they resume their rivalry at the Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C.

Timeline of 16 key moments

Team Canada is ready for another chapter in their rivalry against USA in women's hockey. They two teams face off on Wednesday at the 4 Nations Cup in Kelowna, B.C. (Jeff Bassett/Canadian Press)

Canada faces the United States at the Four Nations Cup on Wednesday night in Kelowna, B.C., the first time the women's hockey powers have played each other since the Sochi Olympics.

The Canada-U.S. women's hockey rivalry has spanned decades and continents. The two teams have played a significant — sometimes heated — game nearly every year since 1998 when women's hockey made its Olympic debut in Nagano, Japan.

Here's a look at of some of the key matchups over the past 16 years:

  • 1998: Women's hockey debuts as the Nagano Olympics, and Canada makes it to the final before falling 3-1 to the U.S.
  • 1999: Canada wins the world championship title in Espoo, Finland, with a 3-1 victory.
  • 2000: Canada repeats as world champion by managing a 3-2 overtime win against their archrivals.
  • 2001: Canada makes it a threepeat at the world championships by hanging on for a 3-2 victory in Minneapolis.
  • 2002: Amid rumours that the U.S. team had a Canadian flag on the floor of their dressing room, Canada ekes out a 3-2 win to capture Olympic gold in Salt Lake City.
  • 2004: Canada chalks up another world championship title on home soil, this time defeating the Americans 2-0 in Halifax.
  • 2005: The world championships in Linkoping, Sweden, come to a dramatic end when the U.S. beats Canada 1-0 in a shootout.
  • 2006: The North American powerhouses shock fans by not facing off in the final at the Turin Olympics. The U.S. was beaten by Sweden in the semifinals, while Canada went on to win gold.
  • 2007: Canada handily defeats the U.S. 5-1 in Winnipeg to retain the world championship.
  • 2008: The U.S. snaps the Canadian winning streak at the world championships in Harbin, China, with a 4-3 win.
  • 2009: The Americans secure back-to-back championships by defeating Canada 4-1 in Hameenlinna, Finland.
  • 2010: Canada wins Olympic gold on home soil with a 2-0 victory in Vancouver. But the consistently high level of play from both North American teams throughout the tournament prompts International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge to lament that international women's hockey is not competitive enough for other teams.
  • 2011: Canada's losing streak at the world championships continues with a defeat to the U.S. in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2012: Canada opens the world championships in Burlington, Vt., with a shocking 9-2 loss to the U.S., but goes on to defeat the Americans 5-4 in the gold-medal game, ending their championship drought.
  • 2013: The U.S. reclaims its dominance of the world championships beating Canada 3-2 in Ottawa. The latest defeat was among the factors prompting Canadian coach Dan Church to abruptly resign two months before the 2014 Olympics. Former NHLer Kevin Dineen steps into the role instead.
  • 2014: A nail-biting gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics sees Canada force overtime in the final minute of regulation. A few minutes into the extra period, Canada scored to secure its fourth straight Olympic championship with a 3-2 victory.

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