There has never been a build-up to the IIHF Women’s World Championship quite like this. Road to Calgary takes fans behind the scenes as Canada’s National Women’s Team prepares to welcome the world to Nova Scotia – twice – and then to Alberta. Follow the ups and downs from the start of the 2019-20 season through the cancellation of the 2020 women’s worlds, staying connected through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting back on the ice as a group only for another women’s worlds to be cancelled, and finally completing the long journey to play for gold.
The 2019-20 season gets underway in Liverpool, N.S., as Canada’s National Women’s Team hopefuls gather for Fall Festival before a pair of mini-camps hit the ice in Montreal. Then, with the 4 Nations Cup cancelled, Team Canada heads south for a quick two-game series against the U.S. in Pittsburgh.
After the third and final Montreal mini-camp, Canada’s National Women’s Team faces off against the United States in the first two games of the Rivalry Series, including a one-goal nail-biter in the first Canadian stop in Moncton, N.B.
With the IIHF Women’s World Championship less than three months away, Canada’s National Women’s Team makes a change behind the bench. After a mini-camp in Oakville, Ont., Team Canada closes out the Rivalry Series on the West Coast, getting a big overtime win in Victoria, B.C., thanks to Victoria Bach.
Just 24 days before the puck is scheduled to drop in Halifax and Truro in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forces the cancellation of the women’s worlds. Canada’s National Women’s Team makes the best of its situation, going virtual, and makes another push for Nova Scotia, only to see the plug pulled just 15 days out.
With the 2022 Olympic Winter Games creeping ever closer, the focus instead is on the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Just three months after its dreams were dashed in Halifax, Canada’s National Women’s Team gathers in Calgary to prepare for a women’s worlds almost two years in the making.
Twenty-five athletes are selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, and the first puck drop draws near. Canada’s National Women’s Team finishes preparations with a pair of games against a group of development athletes and sets its sights on its first world title in nine years.
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