Below are storylines and connections for Saturday's (Feb. 8) final game of the Rivalry Series between the U.S. and Canadian Women's National Teams at Honda Center. This contest will mark the largest crowd ever to see the U.S. Women's National Team play in the United States. More than 11,000 tickets have been sold to date, besting the previous record crowd of 10,158 on Jan. 6, 2002 (USA vs. Canada at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit). This will also mark the first-ever Women's National Team game to be held in Southern California.
Kendall Coyne Schofield: Became the first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, participating in the fastest-skater competition at the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose. Her husband, Michael Schofield, has played the last three NFL seasons for the Los Angeles Chargers. Coyne Schofield layed college hockey at Northeastern University (2011-16) while Josh Manson played for the Huskies men's ice hockey team.
Hilary Knight: Practiced with the Ducks as part of World Girls' Ice Hockey Week in 2014.
Annie Pankowski: Played in the Lady Ducks program from 2005-11…was a finalist for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top Division I women's college hockey player in the nation…Was named "Player of the Game" in the 2019 IIHF World Championship game (U.S. vs. Finland), scoring a goal and the game-deciding shootout tally…Pankowski was also nominated for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented to the student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to their team, but also the community-at large through leadership in volunteerism.
U.S. Head Coach Bob Corkum was an original member of the Mighty Ducks franchise and played parts of three seasons with Anaheim (1993-96).
Ducks forward Troy Terry represented Team USA alongside the gold medal-winning women's team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf represented Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi alongside Meghan Agosta, Mélodie Daoust, Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Geneviève Lacasse, Jocelyn Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau and Natalie Spooner.
Ryan Miller competed for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Games with Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyn Lamoureaux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureaux-Morando and Lee Stecklein.
Getzlaf, Agosta, Johnston, Mikkelson and Poulin also represented Canada in the 2010 Games in Vancouver while Miller, Bellamy, Knight, Lamoureaux-Davidson, and Lamoureaux-Morando competed for the United States.
Ducks Fan Development Marketing Manager Molly Schaus was a goaltender for Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games and won silver medals at both tournaments.