via press release:
TEAM USA AND TEAM CANADA RENEW WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY RIVALRY ON NBCSN & UNIVERSAL SPORTS STARTING TONIGHT
NBCSN and Universal Sports Combine to Present Four Team USA vs. Team Canada Women’s Ice Hockey Exhibition Matches
Live Coverage Begins Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Universal Sports; NBCSN’S Coverage Begins Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET
LOS ANGELES, Calif. and STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 12, 2013 – NBCSN and Universal Sports Network will present four women’s ice hockey exhibitions between Team USA and Team Canada from Dec. 12 through Dec. 30, in both countries’ final preparation matches before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Universal Sports will begin its coverage of the exhibition series tonight at 9 p.m. ET from the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. NBCSN’s coverage begins Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET from Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
Team USA is trying to regain its momentum following three losses to Canada earlier this fall, continuing a fierce rivalry between the top two women’s ice hockey teams in the world. Team USA is the reigning world champion and is expected to challenge Canada, three-time defending Olympic champion, for gold in February at the Sochi Games. Exhibitions played in the U.S. are part of USA Hockey’s “Bring on the World Tour” featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team.
The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders, will be announced on January 1, 2014 at the NHL Winter Classic in Detroit, Mich.
NBCSN and Universal Sports 2013 Women’s Hockey Schedule:
|Thu., December 12||Team USA at Team Canada (Calgary, AB)||Universal Sports||9 p.m.|
|Fri., December 20||Team Canada at Team USA (Grand Forks, ND)||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., December 28||Team Canada at Team USA (Saint Paul, MN)||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|Mon., December 30||Team USA at Team Canada (Toronto, ON)||Universal Sports||7 p.m.|
All times ET – Schedule subject to change
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream both women’s ice hockey exhibition games between Team USA and Team Canada airing on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
Universal Sports will also live stream the Dec. 12 and Dec. 30 events on UniversalSports.com and via the Universal Sports Live App for the iPad tablets.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
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