Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Badger Women to host Team USA before Olympics

In preparation for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Team USA Women’s hockey team will embark on a 10 game tour starting in September 2009. Games include matchups w/ WCHA, HE and ECAC All-Stars, three games against archrival Team Canada and one against Team Finland.

Three WCHA schools will host Team USA including the Badger Women, minnesota and North Dakota. The exact date for the game at the Kohl Center has not been set, but it will be in January 2010.

This should be a great event and I would expect (or at least hope) the Kohl Center to be filled w/ Team USA in town only a month or so prior to the beginning of the Olympic Games.

Here is the complete schedule:

2009-10 Qwest Tour Schedule (subject to change; all game times TBA)Date Opponent Site Location
Fri., Sept. 25 WCHA All-Stars Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, Minn.
Sat., Oct. 10 Univ. of North Dakota Gardens Arena Warroad, Minn.
Fri., Oct. 16 Canada Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash.
Thurs., Nov. 19 ECAC Hockey All-Stars TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Sun., Nov. 22 Hockey East All-Stars Whittemore Center Durham, N.H.
Sat., Dec. 12 Canada Magness Arena Denver, Colo.
Wed., Dec. 30 Canada Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, Minn.
January TBA Univ. of Wisconsin Kohl Center Madison, Wis.
Tues., Jan. 12 Univ. of Minnesota Ridder Arena Minneapolis, Minn.Thurs.,
Feb. 4 Finland Colo. Springs World Arena Colorado Springs, Colo.

A reminder, a version of Team USA will be at the Kohl Center to play an exhibition against the Badger Women on January 2, 2009.