CHICAGO (Jan. 26, 2018) – The 2018 Olympic champion U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team will be honored at halftime of the USA-France SheBelieves Cup match on March 4 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. A crowd of more than 22,000 fans is expected at the match which kicks off at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
"We're beyond thrilled to have the women's hockey team honored at our game," said U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis. "To have such amazing athletes, role models and competitors from both sports at the SheBelieves Cup is a perfect synergy of this tournament’s message and women’s sports.”
The honor will be part of a multiple-city tour across the country that will take the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team to Los Angeles, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and New York City for media opportunities and appearances before players return to their home markets to continue the celebration.
The USA is coming off a dramatic and thrilling 3-2 shootout victory against Canada in the gold medal game on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Gangneung, South Korea, that will go down as one of the greatest women’s team sporting events in Olympic history.
The victory gave the United States its second gold medal in women’s ice hockey after claiming the inaugural ice hockey gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all six Olympic appearances to date, taking gold in 1998 and 2018, silver in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze in 2006.
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has also had its share of success at the Olympic Games, winning gold medals in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012, and a silver medal in 2000.
USA Women’s Ice Hockey players Hilary Knight, Hannah Brandt, Lee Stecklein and Kendall Coyne helped introduce the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s final roster for the SheBelieves Cup via a social media video from South Korea last Friday.