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Olympic women's hockey preview: U.S. vs. Canada on NHL Network

October 14, 2009 | 12:43 pm

The U.S. women's national hockey team, which has revamped its program since its bronze-medal finish at the 2006 Turin Olympics, will be featured on the NHL Network on Friday facing archrival Canada as part of its 10-game, nine-city Qwest Tour leading up to the Vancouver Games.

The game, to be played at the Spokane (Wash.) Arena, will be televised at 7 p.m.  Two-time Olympian and former Kings radio analyst Cammi Granato, now married to former King Ray Ferraro and mom to a nearly 3-year-old son, will provide commentary.

The NHL Network will televise three more games in the U.S. women's pre-Olympic tour: Dec. 12 against Canada at Denver, Dec. 30 against Canada at St. Paul, Minn., and Feb. 4 against Finland at Colorado Springs, Colo.

And congratulations to Team USA goaltender Jessie Vetter, winner of the Women's Sports Foundation's prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award. She's the first hockey player to be honored.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter celebrates with teammates following USA's 2-1 victory over Canada in the Hockey Canada Cup on Sept. 6. Credit: Jonathan Hayward / Associated Press