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Olympic hockey legends, former rivals welcome baby

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Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette, who combined for eight Olympic hockey medals on opposite sides of a heated rivalry, welcomed a baby on Sunday.

Ouellette’s coach during her college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Shannon Miller, tweeted an image Thursday of Chu and Ouellette with Liv Chu-Ouellette.

Its authenticity was confirmed Friday.

Chu and Ouellette were headline players on one of the most contentious national-team rivalries over the last two decades.

The U.S. and Canada have met in all 18 world championship finals and four of the five Olympic finals.

Chu, 35, is one of five U.S. hockey players to appear in four Olympics, along with Jenny PotterAngela RuggieroChris Chelios and Keith Tkachuk.

She won silver medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze in 2006. Chu, a player-coach in Canada in recent years, has not played for the national team since the Sochi Winter Games.

Ouellette, 38, is the only Winter Olympian to enter at least four events and win them all. Not only that, she won all 20 games in her Olympic career en route to golds in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

She retired from the national team in 2015.

NBC Olympics researcher Alex Azzi contributed to this report.

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U.S. outlasts Canada in thriller to win World Championship

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The U.S. women’s hockey team avoided another collapse against Canada, winning the World Championship final 7-5 after squandering a 5-2 lead in Malmo, Sweden.

Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne potted third-period goals after Canada had tied the gold-medal game with three scores in a 2-minute, 3-second span in the second period.

The U.S. captured gold for the fifth time in the last six World Championships, making up a little bit for Canada’s four straight Olympic gold medals. The last, in Sochi, was the product of two Canadian goals in the final 3:26 of regulation, plus an overtime winner.

Saturday’s final was a vastly different affair, the highest-scoring game in the series history of more than 100 games dating to 1990, according to Hockey Canada records.

At the final horn, U.S. players threw their gloves and sticks, screamed and crowded goalie Alex Rigsby.

Canada chased U.S. starting goalie Jessie Vetter during its three-goal spurt in the second period. Vetter, 29, is the oldest player on the U.S. roster mixed with Olympians and Worlds rookies. She was in net for the last two Olympic gold-medal games.

The U.S. relied on its top line of Decker, Coyne and Hilary Knight. Knight scored one of four U.S. first-period goals before Canada erased that 5-2 deficit in the second and was named the tournament MVP.

The U.S. outshot Canada 36-27.

The U.S. played in Malmo with a new coach, former NHL defenseman Ken Klee, and without four-time Olympian Julie Chu plus forward Amanda Kessel. Kessel, who scored the game-winning goal in the 2013 Worlds final, has not played since the Sochi Olympics due to concussion effects.

Canada, too, missed stalwarts in Malmo, including five-time Olympian defenseman Hayley Wickenheiser (injury) and goalie Shannon Szabados. Szabados, whose presence appeared most missed Saturday, is playing men’s minor-league hockey with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths.

The game marked the finale for Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette, the only athlete to enter at least four Winter Olympic events and win gold in all of them.

The 2016 World Championships will be in Canada in Kamloops, B.C.

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Hockey Hall of Fame opens Olympic display

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Game-used items such as a Carey Price jersey, Jamie Benn‘s gloves and even Teemu Selanne‘s socks are going on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame beginning Friday.

The Hall of Fame in Toronto announced the 2014 Sochi Olympic collection that will include more than 50 artifacts from more than a dozen countries. They will be on display through Sept. 1.

Here are some of the items:

Carey Price (CAN) — semifinal win over U.S.
Jamie Benn (CAN) — semifinal win over U.S.
Caroline Ouellette (CAN) — white
Amanda Kessel (USA) — blue
Teemu Selanne (FIN) — blue
Ryan Suter (USA) — blue
Tuukka Rask (FIN) — white
Daniel Sedin (SWE) — blue
Anze Kopitar (SLO) — blue
Zach Parise (USA) — white
Alex Ovechkin (RUS) — red
Ilya Kovalchuk (RUS) — white
Roberto Luongo (CAN) — black
Jonathan Toews (CAN) — black
Marian Hossa (SVK) — blue
Evgeni Malkin (RUS) — red

Jamie Benn (CAN)
Ossi Vaananen (FIN)

Drew Doughty (CAN) — gold-medal game

Martin St. Louis (CAN) — gold-medal game

Ryan Getzlaf (CAN) — gold-medal game
Teemu Selanne (FIN) — bronze-medal game

Canadian women’s goalie practices with Edmonton Oilers