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The 4 Nations Cup is an annual women's ice hockey tournament, held between few 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.

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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, 2001, terrorist attacks; the 4 Nations title has been constant since 2002. Team Canada has won every tournament except 1997, 2003 and 2008, where the victory went to Team USA. Finland has won bronze at every tournament it participated in, except 2001, when it won silver, and also 2004 and 2006, when it finished last both times. Sweden won bronze in 2001, 2004 and 2006.

The format of the tournament is of a round-robin with one 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.

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Medal table

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total Tourneys
 Canada 11 3 0 14 14
 United States 3 10 0 13 13
 Finland 0 1 8 9 14
 Sweden 0 0 5 5 10

Tournaments

Year Gold Silver Bronze Fourth Notes
1996  Canada  United States  Finland N/A The inaugural competition was held in 1996, with Canada, United States and Finland.
1997  United States  Canada  Finland N/A
1998  Canada  United States  Finland N/A
1999  Canada  United States  Finland N/A
2000  Canada  United States  Finland  Sweden The competition expanded to four countries with the addition of Sweden.
2001  Canada  Finland  Sweden N/A The United States did not participate due to the Al Qaeda terrorist strike of 11 September 2001.
2002  Canada  United States  Finland  Sweden
2003  United States  Canada  Finland  Sweden
2004  Canada  United States  Sweden  Finland
2005  Canada  United States  Finland  Sweden
2006  Canada  United States  Sweden  Finland
2007  Canada  United States  Finland  Sweden
2008  United States  Canada  Sweden  Finland
2009  Canada  United States  Sweden  Finland

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