Friendly rivalry among UW women's hockey as USA takes on Canada

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 10:25pm

To many, it's considered the 'Stanley Cup' of women's ice hockey. One thing's for sure, it's an Olympic match-up many will be watching, especially in Madison.

They may wear the same uniform, but , come Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Ice Hockey team will be a divided house.

"Anytime Canada plays USA, especially in women's hockey, we get super competitive about our team” says Sydney McKibbon, one of a handful of Badger women's ice hockey players hailing from our neighbor to the north, Canada.

While McKibbon and several others will be backing Team Canada, most of the team will be supporting USA.

"There's a little bit of tension” jokes Courtney Burke, a defensive player for the team and supporter of Team USA.

They're certainly proud to be supporting their respective home countries, but these players admit that it's just a fun, friendly rivalry.

“We're from Canada, and you know what, hockey's our sport” McKibbon says with a laugh.

They may disagree when it comes to whether red and white or red, white and blue is better, but there is something they agree on.

"We're always cheering for the Badgers, regardless of what country they're from” says McKibbon.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, four former Badgers are representing Team USA in women's ice hockey: Jessie Vetter, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight. Meanwhile, Meaghan Mikkelson will represent Team Canada in women's ice hockey.

"A lot of players come out of here and go to the Olympics, which is unbelievable and that's part of the reason I came here. So it'll be fun to watch those former Badgers play” says Burke.

USA will take on Canada in women's ice hockey on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:30am (CT).

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