Penguins announce ‘Rivalry Rematch’ women’s hockey game on March 12

The Pittsburgh Penguins, along with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), today announced plans for “Rivalry Rematch” – a women’s hockey game featuring some of the most elite female hockey players in the United States and Canada. The unofficial rematch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at PPG Paints Arena.

“The Penguins are honored to support the Canadian and American female hockey stars returning from Beijing and to host the Rivalry Rematch at PPG Paints Arena,” said Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse. “The growth of the sport of ice hockey at all levels has been the foundation of our franchise over the past 15 years. There is no doubt that these female athletes have influenced and advanced the sport of hockey for girls, not just in Pittsburgh, but across the North We are thrilled to welcome some of the best players in the world in front of our fans.”

The 2022 Women’s Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Game between Team USA and Team Canada in Beijing last month averaged 3.54 million viewers on NBC, surpassing the number of viewers of n’ any National Hockey League (NHL) game this season. The game was the second most-watched hockey game in the United States since 2019.

Video: Sarah Nurse talks about Rivalry Rematch.

“This rivalry is one of the most legendary in all of sport and we’re thrilled the Pittsburgh Penguins have given fans the opportunity to see these women go head-to-head, once again,” said consultant Jayna Hefford. in PWHPA operations. “It’s no secret that the past few years have been tough for women’s hockey, but these players have proven in Beijing that they have the incredible ability to fight through any challenge and play one. some of the best hockey the sport has ever seen. This rematch will be a fun experience not only for the players themselves, but also for the fans, the Pittsburgh community and women’s hockey in general.”

Tickets for Rivalry Rematch are on sale now and available for purchase here. Groups interested in special rates should contact the Penguins ticketing department at 412.642.PENS (7367).

The game will be televised locally on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and across Canada on Sportsnet ONE. AT&T SportsNet’s Steve Mears will serve as the voice for each game with special guests and the Penguins’ Michelle Crechiolo as the rinkside reporter.

Team USA is highlighted by PWHPA stars Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and Alex Cavallini. Knight holds the all-time record for most Olympic Games played by an American female hockey player with 22 and is a four-time medalist, with one gold and three silver medals. The Canadian roster features some of the most recent Olympic gold medalists in women’s hockey, including Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Nurse, Brianne Jenner and Natalie Spooner. Nurse set an Olympic record this year, recording 18 points (5G, 13A) in a single tournament, while Jenner was named tournament MVP after scoring nine goals, tying the Olympic record.

A full list of both teams is available here.

Video: Hilary Knight talks about Rivalry Rematch.

The decorated American players Cammi Granato and Emily Matheson will be the special guests behind the bench for the game. Granato was one of the first women inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and is the current assistant general manager of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Matheson was a member of the 2018 Team USA Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team and was part of the original iteration of the PWHPA when it launched in 2019. Former NCAA player and player Matt Leitner professional hockey player, who has coached the PWHPA’s adidas (Minnesota) team for two seasons, will also be behind the American bench.

The Canadian bench will feature distinguished alumni Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jayna Hefford as guest coaches. Campbell-Pascall is a two-time Olympic champion and the first woman to provide color commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. Hefford – who has four Olympic gold medals – was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 and is currently an operational consultant to the PWHPA. Laura McIntosh, who was a standout NCAA player for Ohio State and a CWHL Clarkson Cup champion, will round out the Canadian coaching staff. McIntosh has coached in the PWHPA for Team Sonnet (Toronto) for the past two seasons.

According to USA Hockey, women’s hockey is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the United States. During the 2018-19 season, more girls participated in ice hockey than ever before with nearly 83,000 skate lacings. Over the past 10 years, the participation of girls and women in hockey has increased by 34%. The Rivalry Rematch will be a highlight of the Penguins’ month-long celebration of Gender Equality Month in March.

Further details, including community initiatives surrounding the game, will be announced at a later date.

Catherine J. Martinez