CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The joint training camp between the U.S. and Canadian women's national teams at the Lemieux Complex kicks off on Monday.
The camp will be held from Nov. 4 – Nov. 10 and will feature two exhibition games, to be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. The camp replaces the Four Nations Cup that both teams were scheduled to participate in, but was canceled as a result of a labor dispute between the Swedish women's national team players and Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
Who are some notable players to watch for during the camp? Let's take a look.
The Lamoureaux twins, 30, were two of the biggest contributors to Team USA winning gold in Pyeongchang in the 2018 Olympics.
Lamoureaux-Davidson led the Americans in goals in the tournament, with four in five games, and was tied for the team-lead in points with five. She scored the game-winning shootout goal in the gold medal game:
Lamoureaux-Morando recorded two goals and an assist in five games in the Olympics in 2018, including the tying goal in the gold-medal game to send the game to overtime:
The twins are both three-time Olympic medalists (two silver, one gold) and seven-time World Championship medalists (six gold, one silver).
This camp marks the return of the Lamoureaux twins from their maternity leave from USA Hockey. Lamoureaux-Morando gave birth to a son on Dec. 11, 2018, and Lamoureaux-Davidson welcomed a son six weeks later on Jan. 22.
“A timeline that we’re both confident with is that it’s going to take us about a year to really be where we want to be from a physical conditioning standpoint and from a preparation on the ice standpoint, which would set us up hopefully for world championships next year,” Lamoureux-Morando said in May.
Hilary Knight, forward
Knight, 30, is a three-time Olympic medalist (two silver, one gold), a nine-time World Championship medalist (seven gold, two silver), won the NWHL's Isobel Cup with the Boston Pride in its inaugural season in 2016, and won the CWHL's Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades in 2013 and 2015.
Knight led Team USA to a gold medal over Finland in the 2019 World Championship, where she recorded seven goals and four assists in seven games. In Pyeongchang, she scored the opening goal of the gold-medal game:
Knight played for the CWHL's Montreal Canadiennes last season, where she scored eight goals and nine assists in 23 games.
Dani Cameranesi, forward
Cameranesi, 24, is one of the top forwards on Team USA. She was tied for the team-lead in scoring in Pyeongchang with three goals and two assists in five games, and was tied for No. 3 in scoring in the 2019 World Championship with three goals and four assists in seven games.
Cameranesi has represented Team USA in the Olympics once, winning gold in 2018. She's appeared in two World Championships (2015, 2019), winning gold both times. She played for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL last season, where she finished No. 3 in team scoring with four goals and 11 assists in 14 games.
Kendall Coyne Schofield, forward
Coyne Schofield, 27, is a two-time Olympic medalist (one silver, one gold) and a seven-time World Championship medalist (seven gold, one silver). She captained Team USA in the 2019 World Championship, and won the Directorate Award as top forward in the tournament.
Last season, Coyne Schofield played for the NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps, where she finished No. 2 in team scoring with seven goals and seven assists in 13 games, and won the Isobel Cup.
Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star skills competition, when she took part in the fastest skater challenge in 2019:
She currently is a member of the San Jose Sharks' broadcasting team.
Amanda Kessel, forward
Kessel, 28, is a two-time Olympic medalist (one silver, one gold), and a three-time World Championship medalist (two gold, one silver). She played for the NWHL's Metropolitan Riveters last season, and led the team in scoring with two goals and 15 assists in 13 games.
Kessel says she tries to model her game after those of her brother Phil, Mitch Marner, and Artemi Panarin.
Maddie Rooney, goaltender
Rooney, 22, is the goaltender who helped lead Team USA to gold in Pyeongchang in 2018. It was her first Olympic appearance. She led all goaltenders with a 1.16 goals-against average and finished No. 2 with a .945 save percentage. She posted a shutout over Finland in the semifinal round. She was perfect on the last shot in the shootout of the gold medal game:
Rooney also represented Team USA in the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, winning gold both times.
Rooney is currently in her final season of NCAA eligibility at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she's posted a 1.82 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in nine games.
Rooney lists Marc-Andre Fleury as her biggest role model in sports.
Mélodie Daoust, forward
Daoust, 27, is a two-time Olympic medalist (one gold, one silver) and won bronze with Canada in the 2019 World Championship.
When Canada took home silver in the Pyeongchang Olympics, Daoust led the team in scoring with three goals and four assists in seven games.
Last season, Daoust played for the Montreal Canadiennes in the CWHL, where she scored 11 goals and nine assists in 14 games. She also was an assistant coach for the University of Montreal women's team.
Sarah Nurse, forward
Nurse, 24, won silver in Pyeongchang in 2018 and bronze in the 2019 World Championship, where she finished No. 3 in team scoring with two goals and six assists in seven games.
Last season Nurse played for the Toronto Furies of the CWHL, where she was tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 goals and 12 assists in 26 games.
Her cousin Darnell Nurse plays for the Oilers.
Natalie Spooner, forward
Spooner, 29, is a two-time Olympic medalist (one gold, one silver), a seven-time World Championship medalist (one gold, five silver, one bronze), and won the CWHL Clarkson Cup with the Toronto Furies in 2014.
Spooner was Canada's leading scorer in the most recent World Championship, scoring six goals and four assists in seven games.
Marie-Philip Poulin, forward
Poulin, 28, is the greatest women's player in the game today.
Poulin is the captain of Team Canada, a three-time Olympic medalist (two gold, one silver), and an eight-time World Championship medalist (one gold, six silver, one bronze). She is a two-time CWHL Clarkson Cup champion, winning in 2009 and 2017 with Montreal.
Last season, Poulin led the Montreal Canadiennes in scoring with 23 goals and 27 assists in 26 games. In 93 career CWHL games, she scored 87 goals and 97 assists. She's been a game-changer in international play, scoring 21 goals and 25 assists in 38 career World Championship games and 11 goals and seven assists in 15 career Olympic games.
Poulin was incredible in the last three Olympic gold medal games. In 2010, she scored both goals in a 2-0 win over the United States:
In 2014, she scored the game-tying goal in the final minute and the overtime winner over the United States:
In 2018, Poulin scored one of Canada's two goals as they lost to the United States in the gold medal game:
Loren Gabel, forward
Gabel, 22, is one of the newer members of the women's national team. She made her debut in the 2018 Four Nations Cup, and then won bronze in the 2019 World Championship.
Before playing for Team Canada, Gabel played four years at the University of Clarkson, where she became a two-time national champion, winning in 2017 and 2018. Last season she led Clarkson in goals with 40 in 38 games, and finished second in points with 69.
Renata Fast, defense
Fast, 25, is an Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Championship medalist (one silver, one bronze). She played four years of college hockey at Clarkson, and won the national championship in 2014.
Last season Fast played for the Toronto Furies, and finished second among Furies defenders in scoring with two goals and six assists in 26 games.
Fast was one of the women's players who attended the 2019 NHL All-Star skills competition and demonstrated the events before the NHL players competed.
Fast lists her favorite NHL team as the Penguins.
Tickets for the exhibition games can be purchased here. Most camp practices are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
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