Four Nations Cup will show how Canadian women’s hockey team stacks up
At this stage of the season it's more about the process than the results.
So the fact Canada's national women's hockey team managed a split in the first two games of a six-game series against the highly regarded United States leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is neither good nor bad.
And the fact Team Canada has a .500 record (2-2-1) in five games against boys' triple-A teams in the Alberta Midget Hockey League is neither here nor there.
All Canadian coach Laura Schuler cares about is that her players are making progress. In that regard, Schuler is encouraged.
"The one thing about this team is they're like sponges," she said. "They are so coachable and great people. We have a great team culture and they are really eager to learn so it makes coming to work that much more special when you have people that really want to push the limit and see how far they can go."
Schuler will have a better idea how her team stacks up against the United States, Sweden and Finland when the four teams gather in Tampa, Fla., for the Four Nations Cup Nov. 7-12. The United States is the two-time defending champion of the tournament and has won the past four world championship titles.
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