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Annie Pankowski comes home!

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Meghan Agosta. Laura Fortino and Annie Pankowski speak with fans during the 2020 NHL All-Star Fan Fair at St. Louis Union Station on January 25, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

Team USA is in town, wrapping up their Rivalry series with Team Canada at Honda Center this weekend. With three games left in the series, the ladies are taking to the ice to train — and meet the next generation, spending time with the Lady Ducks 10U and 12U teams last Thursday.

Making the occasion all the more special was forward Annie Pankowski, who is both an Orange County native and former Lady Duck herself.

The Rivalry Series will be part of a larger event to promote and celebrate women and girls in hockey, called the “We Play Weekend.” The Ducks will be hosting a panel of Women in Sports prior to the Rivalry series and U.S. National Team members will take part in S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum Of Recreation & Education) events that promote hockey, physical fitness and academic excellence in classrooms across Southern California.

Read more about it below, along with more news and notes from around the league:

On the Pond

Around the League

  • NHL’s best and worst this week: 10 spicy storylines to watch for the rest of the season [ESPN]
  • Sidney Crosby on his relationship with Alex Ovechkin: ‘We’re not best buddies’ [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Three Big Questions: What is the best rivalry in the NHL today? [Sportsnet]
  • Growing up with an NHL dad [Boston Globe]
  • Here’s why the NHL All-Star Game would be better at the start of season [Boston Globe]
  • NHL’s Black Hockey History mobile museum visits Miller Elementary in Hill District [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • What we know about the NHL’s reported, ongoing investigation of the Coyotes [The Athletic]
  • Plenty of trial and error when it comes to finding the perfect hockey stick at Michigan [MLive]

Scores & Recaps

Click each team’s name to find a recap on their own SB Nation team site!

On the Schedule