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The 4 Nations Cup is an annual women's ice hockey tournament, held between four major national teams in the sport; currently, these are Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland. Until 2000, when Sweden joined, the tournament was the 3 Nations Cup. In general, it is held in or around November each year.

HistoryEdit

The 3 Nations Cup was first held in 1996. Sweden joined the tourney in 2000, but the USA did not attend the 2001 event due to the September 11 attacks; the 4 Nations roster has been constant since 2002.

The format of the tournament is a single round-robin, with each team playing one game against each of the others. The top two teams advance to the gold-medal game. The last two teams play for bronze. When it was the 3 Nations Cup, the third place team was simply awarded bronze. Team Canada has won 14 gold medals since the four nations cup creation in 1996 and team USA has won six gold medals.

Medal tableEdit

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total Tournaments
Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada 14 6 0 20 20
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 6 12 1 19 19
Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland 0 2 11 13 20
Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden 0 0 8 8 16

TournamentsEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze Fourth Notes
1996 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland N/A The inaugural competition was held in 1996, with Canada, United States and Finland. The final game took place in Ottawa.
1997 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland N/A It took place in Lake Placid (USA)
1998 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland N/A It took place in Kuortane (Finland)
1999 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland N/A It took place in Montreal (Canada)
2000 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden The competition expanded to four countries with the addition of Sweden. It took place in Provo (USA)
2001 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden N/A The United States did not participate due to the Al Qaeda terrorist strike of 11 September 2001. It took place in Vierumäki and Tampere (Finland)
2002 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden It took place in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada)
2003 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden It took place in Skövde (Sweden)
2004 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland It was held in Lake Placid, New York (USA)
2005 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden It took place in Hämeenlinna (Finland)
2006 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland It took place in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada)
2007 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden it took place in Leksand (Sweden)
2008 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland it took place in Lake Placid (USA)
2009 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland It took place in Vierumäki (Finland)
2010 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden It took place in Clarenville, Newfoundland and St. John's, Newfoundland (Canada)
2011 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Contested in Nyköping (Sweden)
2012 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Contested in Finland
2013 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Contested in Lake Placid (USA)
2014 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Contested in Kamloops, BC (Canada)
2015 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Contested in Sundsvall (Sweden)

External linksEdit


IIHF Women's Ice_Hockey championships
Olympic tournaments

1998 - 2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014

World Women's Championships

1990 - 1992 - 1994 - 1997 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016

World Women's U18 Championships

2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016

European Women Championships

1989 - 1991 - 1993 - 1995 - 1996

Women's Pacific Rim Championship

1995 - 1996

Elite Women's Hockey League

2004 - 2005–06 - 2006–07 - 2007–08 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011–12 - 2012–13 - 2013–14 - 2014–15 - 2015–16

European Women's Champions Cup

2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007–08 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011–12 - 2012–13 - 2013–14 - 2014–15

4 Nations Cup

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

Meco Cup

2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

International Ice Hockey Federation
World Championships

Ice Hockey World Championships - U20 - U18 - IIHF World Women's Championships - U18

Other competitions

Olympic Games - Champions Hockey League - Continental Cup - Challenge Cup of Asia - European Women's Champions Cup

Former

Victoria Cup - European Champions Cup - Super Cup - European Championships - European Women Championships - European Junior Championships - Asian Oceanic U18 Championships

Related articles

IIHF Centennial All-Star Team - IIHF Hall of Fame - IIHF World Ranking - List of IIHF members

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