One of the most heated rivalries in sports kicks off this month, as the 2023-24 Rivalry Series begins. The seven-game women’s hockey series features games between the national programs from the United States and Canada.
The teams have dominated in international competition, featuring numerous championship games played between the two sides. Either Canada or the United States has won every IIHF Women’s World Championship or Olympic gold medal.
While this event is more of a friendly-ish affair, the Canadians and Americans still are going to battle hard for bragging rights. Last year, Canada pulled out an incredible victory over the USA, coming back from down 3-0 in the series by winning the last four games and taking the Rivalry Series with a Game 7 win.
Here is everything you need to know for the 2023-24 Rivalry Series.
What is the Rivalry Series in hockey?
The Rivalry Series was introduced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada back in the 2018-19 season. It was a way for the two powerhouse organizations to meet on an annual basis, outside of their typical international competitions.
The first year, the event consisted of three games between the women’s national teams. Canada took the series 2-1. The following 2019-20 season consisted of five games, with the series expanding outside of just a single month. Team USA dominated that year, taking four of the five games.
The series was not played in 2020-21 or 2021-22 due to COVID-19, but was revived last winter. Canada came back from down 3-0 in the series and won the last four games, earning Rivalry Series bragging rights.
When does the 2023-24 Rivalry Series start?
The seven games between the bitter rivals begins in November with games on Nov. 8 and Nov. 11, both on the West Coast of the United States.
Games 3 and 4 won’t be until mid-December, when the two play in Ontario. Then, it will be a nearly two-month layoff until the final three games, which are scheduled for early February in Saskatchewan and Minnesota, with the final game scheduled for Feb. 11
How to watch 2023-24 Rivalry Series on TV, live stream
- TV channel (Canada): TSN
- Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
- TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
- Live stream (U.S.): Fubo
TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2023-24 Rivalry Series.
The U.S. audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream them through Fubo, which offers a free trial.
Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN or can stream the games through TSN.ca or on the TSN app.
Where is the 2023-24 Rivalry Series?
The 2023-24 Rivalry Series will be played at a number of locations across the two countries.
Every game of the series will be played at a different location, with no two sites repeating this season. There will be two games each in Saskatchewan and Ontario, and one game a piece in Arizona, California and Minnesota.
|1||Wednesday, Nov. 8||Mullett Arena||Tempe, Ariz.|
|2||Saturday, Nov. 11||Crypto.com Arena||Los Angeles|
|3||Thursday, Dec. 14||Kitchener Memorial Auditorium||Kitchener, Ont.|
|4||Saturday, Dec. 16||Progressive Auto Sales Arena||Sarnia, Ont.|
|5||Wednesday, Feb. 7||SaskTel Centre||Saskatoon, Sask.|
|6||Friday, Feb. 9||Brandt Centre||Regina, Sask.|
|7||Sunday, Feb. 11||Xcel Energy Center||St. Paul, Minn.|
2023-24 Rivalry Series schedule, results
Here is the full schedule for the 2023-24 Rivalry Series:
|1||Wednesday, Nov. 8||USA 3, Canada 1||Final|
|2||Saturday, Nov. 11||USA vs. Canada||4 p.m.|
|3||Thursday, Dec. 14||Canada vs. USA||7 p.m.|
|4||Saturday, Dec. 16||Canada vs. USA||7 p.m.|
|5||Wednesday, Feb. 7||Canada vs. USA||8 p.m.|
|6||Friday, Feb. 9||Canada vs. USA||8 p.m.|
|7||Sunday, Feb. 11||USA vs. Canada||2 p.m.|
Source : ESPN.com