Ice Wolves to host US Women's Olympic team
The New Mexico Ice Wolves of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and Outpost Ice Arenas have announced the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team is coming to New Mexico for high-altitude training at Outpost Ice Arenas and two scrimmages with the New Mexico Ice Wolves.
Starting Saturday, November 6, 2021 the U.S. Women’s National Team will have full access to the training facilities at the Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque (6,129 feet in elevation) including use of all ice sheets and the NM Ice Wolves’ unique Hockey Speed Gym as they continue preparation for defending their gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The two scrimmages with the NM Ice Wolves will be on Monday, November 8 at 6:30pm MT and Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30pm MT. Members of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team will also be honored guests performing a ceremonial puck drop at 4pm MT on Sunday, November 7 before the home game between the NM Ice Wolves and NAHL South Division rival Amarillo Wranglers.
“We are tremendously honored and thrilled to welcome the U.S. Women’s National Team to New Mexico,” said Stan E. Hubbard, owner of the NM Ice Wolves and Outpost Ice Arenas. “This is a momentous occasion for our growing hockey community and really our entire state to welcome the U.S. team and see Olympic level hockey in Albuquerque. The opportunity for the NM Ice Wolves to play against the best female hockey players in the world as they prepare for the upcoming Winter Olympics is a tremendous honor and our team is thrilled to be part of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s path to Beijing.”
“The opportunity to travel to New Mexico for high-altitude training and a set of scrimmages with the New Mexico Ice Wolves is a trip we’re incredibly excited for. This will be a great opportunity for us to continue to prepare for the upcoming Olympics at a high level. We’re looking forward to getting on the ice against a great team and playing in a spectacular facility,” said Katie Million, General Manager, 2022 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
Tickets for the two scrimmages between the U.S. Women’s National Team and the NM Ice Wolves on on Monday, November 8 at 6:30pm MT and Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30pm MT will be available at tickets.nmicewolves.com.
Both scrimmages regardless of final scores will include a 3-on-3 overtime period and shootout as part of the training regimen for the U.S. Women’s National Team. The scrimmage games, along with all NM Ice Wolves NAHL games, are available to watch in high definition on HockeyTV with a monthly or annual subscription and both scrimmages will be available to watch over the air on New Mexico Sports Network on channel 20.5, also in high definition. To access the network's programming schedule, please visit nmsportsnetwork.com.