Canada to take on USA at Bell MTS Place | Hockey | Sports

Canada’s Meghan Agosta (2) vies for position with the United State’s Monique Lamoureux (7) during first period Women’s World Hockey Championship action in Plymouth, Mich., on Friday, March 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Kryk

Team Canada will play the USA in an Olympic women’s hockey tuneup in Winnipeg, in December.

Winnipeg is the second Canadian city to have a game confirmed as part of a six-game series – three in Canada, three in the U.S. — between the national women’s team and its top rival.

“Bell MTS Place has a proven track record of hosting successful hockey games at an international level,” True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman said in a statement. “It’s always an honour for the City of Winnipeg and our venue to be selected as a host venue for Team Canada. We’re excited to once again showcase this high level of hockey to all our fans.”

The game is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Bell MTS Place.

The series kicks off in Quebec City, Oct. 22, with other games set for Boston (Oct. 25), Minneapolis (Dec. 3) and San Jose (Dec. 15).

“As we continue to look ahead to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, this series marks another critical step in our preparation,” Team Canada GM Melody Davidson said. “And will certainly be a fantastic opportunity for fans to watch the top players in North America battle in advance of puck-drop in PyeongChang.”

Canada is going after a fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose ticket package holders will get first crack at the tickets in a pre-sale this week.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 5.

The teams will also compete in the 4 Nations Cup, Nov. 5-12, in Tampa, Fla. 

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