CALGARY -- The Canadian women's hockey team will attempt to reclaim the Four Nations Cup without Hayley Wickenheiser.
The five-time Olympian and Canada's captain was among six players head coach Dan Church left off his 21-player roster for the annual international women's tournament starting Tuesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"We're going to take an opportunity to give her that little bit of a break," Church said Monday from Lake Placid. "There's no question we know what she can do on the ice and that she can contribute in big games.
"A lot of it has to with making sure she has a good recovery week here and is ready for the final push towards the Olympics."
Wickenheiser, 35, is Canada's all-time leading scorer and has played in 14 Nations Cups during her career. The Four Nations is important preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics for Canada, the U.S., Finland and Sweden.
Assistant captain Caroline Ouellette and forward Marie-Philip Poulin as well as defencemen Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau and Laura Fortino also remained in Calgary, where the Canadian team is based this winter.
Wickenheiser, Ouellette, Poulin and Mikkelson were on the team that won the gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver.
-- The Canadian Press