November 03, 2014

A History Of The Four Nations Cup

The Four Nations Cup has come to Kamloops, British Columbia this month. The annual women's hockey tourney should be a real treat for BC hockey fans.

The Four Nations Cup is an annual women's hockey tourney between Canada, USA, Finland and Sweden. The series dates back to 1996 when it was known as Three Nations Cup. Sweden joined in 2000 to make it the Four Nations Cup. The Americans pulled out of the 2001 tourney due to the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in New York.

Canada has won 13 of the 18 tournaments. The Americans won the other five, with Canada placing second. The Finns have twice finished second. Sweden has never placed higher than third, which they have accomplished a total of 7 times.

The following information is all .jpg format annual summaries from the Hockey Canada women's media guide (hence the Canadian focus).

I have also included statistical information for the two Pacific Rim Championships that pre-dated the Four Nations Cup. That tourney took place in 1995 and 1996 and essentially is the forefather of the Four Nations Cup. Canada, USA, Japan and China competed but the tourney was done away with due to the discrepancy between the North American and Asian teams.

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