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Obihiro, Japan | Jan. 6-13

The 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship will be held in Obihiro, Japan from January 6-13, 2019. 

Team USA enters the 2019 competition after earning gold last January in Dmitrov, Russia. 

The U.S. has won four consecutive gold medals (2015-18) and six times in the last 10 years has occupied the top spot on the podium at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship.

Serving as head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team is Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Joining Crowell as assistant coaches for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team are Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich.), head women's ice hockey coach at Union College.

Team USA will compete in Group A alongside Canada, Russia and Sweden. The U.S. will open the competition against Russia on Sunday, January 6 at 3:00 a.m. ET. 

U.S. Roster

U18 WWC Notebook

IIHF Tournament Homepage

2019 U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/RESULT VENUE LOCATION Stream/U.S. Player Of The Game
Sun., Jan. 6 Russia
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Hannah Bilka
Mon., Jan. 7 Canada
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Abbey Murphy
Wed., Jan. 9 Sweden
Preliminary
W, 2-0 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Skylar Vetter
Sat., Jan. 12 Finland
Semifinals
W, 7-1 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Katy Knoll
Sun., Jan. 13 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
L, 2-3 OT Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Makenna Webster

Pre-Camp Schedule

A camp for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will be held in Los Angeles Dec. 28-Jan. 2 before the team departs to Japan. All practices and scrimmages will be held at Toyota Sports Center.

DATE TIME EVENT
Fri., Dec. 28 5:30-6:30 p.m. Practice
Sat., Dec. 29 9:30-10:45 a.m. Practice
5:00-6:15 p.m. Practice
Sun., Dec. 30 12:15-1:15 p.m. Practice
6:00-8:00 p.m. Scrimmage
Mon., Dec. 31 1:00-2:30 p.m. Practice
Tues., Jan. 1 12:00-2:00 p.m. Practice

Practices and scrimmages during camp are free and open to the public. Media interested in attending are encouraged to contact Chris Krenn at Chris.Krenn@usahockey.org (813-210-3376). Times are subject to change.