Call it a missed opportunity for women's hockey.
With NHL fans starved for action, this would have been the perfect year to hold the Women's Four Nations Cup tournament in Canada or the U.S.
Instead, it's Finland's turn. The 2012 Four Nations Cup will be played next week in Vantaa.
So the latest round of the Canada-USA women's hockey rivalry - one of the best rivalries in any sport - will miss out on what might have been a big North American audience.
But if you're looking for somewhere to get your hockey fix, the women's game is an affordable alternative.
When they aren't busy with national team duties, the best female players in the world play for college and club teams.
Photo: Veteran forward Julie Chu leads Team USA at next week's Four Nations Cup tournament in Finland (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images).