The U.S. women’s ice hockey team has medaled at every Olympic Winter Games since the sport was introduced at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, winning one gold (1998), three silvers (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze (2006).
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games mark the 20-year anniversary of the sport’s introduction at the Olympics and the gold-medal victory by the United States, setting the stage for a commemorative opportunity to honor the inaugural 1998 team and earn a storybook finish in PyeongChang.
Since falling to Canada, 3-2, in overtime and earning a silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the U.S. women’s national team has played its rival in seven international tournaments (three International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships and four Four Nations Cups), winning six of the seven titles and 11 of 14 games overall. Including the pair of exhibition games played in 2016 (part of the Winter Champions Series) and the 2017-18 season, since Sochi, the U.S. has won 12 of 22 games overall against its northern rival.
In the lead-up to the 2018 Olympics, the U.S. met Canada eight times in games on The Time is Now Tour, presented by Toyota, and in a series of games held in Canada. The U.S. wrapped up its series against Canada on Dec. 17, finishing with a 3-0-2-3-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record.
Six players on the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team roster have represented Team USA in every international competition since the Sochi Games, including Kacey Bellamy, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Emily Pfalzer and Alex Rigsby.
In Olympic competition, the U.S. has posted a 21-0-2-3-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) overall record. Against opponents qualified for the PyeongChang Games (Canada, Finland, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia), the U.S. is 16-0-2-3-0 in past Olympic contests. Team USA is the only squad aside from Canada to have won an Olympic gold medal in women’s ice hockey.
The U.S. has been highly successful over the last few years, earning the No. 1 world ranking by the IIHF. Team USA will field another strong roster in PyeongChang, featuring a mix of veterans and collegiate players, as it has done for its past seven international competitions over the last three seasons.
Robb Stauber, who has been involved with the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team in varying capacities since 2010, will serve as head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Stauber has served as head coach of both the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. team that claimed the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan, this past spring. The Medina, Minnesota, native, who became the first goaltender ever to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey player in 1988, was an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia.