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U.S.-Canada women’s hockey game canceled for COVID concerns hours before puck drop

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ALLENTOWN, PA - OCTOBER 22: Hilary Knight #21 of the United States looks on against Canada at the PPL Center on October 22, 2021 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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A U.S.-Canada women’s hockey game as part of an exhibition tour was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, USA Hockey announced six hours before Monday’s scheduled puck drop.

The U.S. and Canada were to continue their My Why Tour in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday night, live on NBCSN. Canada had the edge 4-2 through the first six games.

The rivals are still scheduled to play twice more on Jan. 3 and Jan. 6 in Alberta.

Before their next game, both teams were expected to announce 23-player Olympic teams.

But Hockey Canada announced after the game cancellation that it is postponing its roster announcement from this week to a to-be-determined date.

The U.S. team is slated for a Jan. 1 announcement. The current U.S. national team is already down to 23 players after recent cuts.

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