Canada will play Finland to open the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship in Nova Scotia. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada opens against Finland at 2020 Women’s World Hockey Championship

HALIFAX — Canada will open the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship in Nova Scotia with a game against defending silver-medallist Finland.

Organizers released details today about the 31-game, 10-team tournament to be held in Halifax and Truro, N.S., from March 31 to April 10 next year.

Canada, coming off a bronze-medal showing at last year’s worlds in Finland, will play in Group A in Halifax with Finland, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States, which has won the last five tournaments.

Group B in Truro will feature the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

Halifax last played host to the event in 2004 when Canada shut out the U.S. 4-0 in the gold-medal game.

Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer says bringing home another gold is “long overdue” for Team Canada.

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