Women in Canada Rules in the World Hockey Cup

In Brampton, Ontario, the women’s global hockey championships have begun. The 10-team field began practicing at the CAA Center on Monday in preparation for opening day on Wednesday.

We’ll be prepared for all the teams we face because this group always wants to compete and win, but when the world title is at stake, they really step up, assistant coach Kori Cheverie told CBC Sports following Canada’s practice. With this bunch, the attitude is always positive, according to Cheverie. “The fact that we are so interconnected is one of our greatest assets. You already know that our group enjoys both having fun and working hard. So having those two things together is a nice combo.”

The home-ice advantage might also be added to all of that. Fourteen of Canada’s 23 players are from Ontario, marking a sort of homecoming as their three-peat push officially gets underway. The team’s training camp in Niagara Falls, Ontario, lasted for a week and culminated on Saturday with a 3-1 exhibition win over Finland. At 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Canada will play its opening match against Switzerland. In the most recent round of the seven-game Rivalry Series, Canada defeated the United States as well, overcoming an early 3-0 deficit.