Victoria Bc's Own, Micah Zandee-Hart

Twenty-four of the nation’s top players will wear the Maple Leaf as the 2022-23 edition of the Rivalry Series comes to an end when Canada’s National Women’s Team welcomes the United States to Quebec later this month.

The final selection process was led by head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) and Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of hockey operations, in consultation with Cherie Piper (Scarborough, Ont.), senior manager of player development and scouting.

The roster includes 18 players who played in the first two legs of the series in November and December (Bourbonnais, Campbell, Clark, Desbiens, Fast, Giguère, Jenner, Larocque, Maschmeyer, Nurse, O’Neill, Poulin, Rattray, Shelton, Stacey, Thompson, Turnbull, Zandee-Hart).

“As we look ahead to the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship on home ice, these final two games against the U.S. will be crucial in our evaluation and preparations for April,” said Kingsbury. “Throughout the series we have been able to look at the depth of our program with different players and line combinations, and we are excited for two more competitive games against the Americans and showcasing ourselves to our incredible fans.”

The Canadians dropped the first three games in November before rebounding to win both games in December, meaning these two games will decide the series.

Game 6 will be played at the Colisée Vidéotron in Trois-Rivières on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, followed by the series finale at Place Bell in Laval on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.