COLORADO SPRINGS, United States – USA Hockey announced the 20-player roster for the 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, to be held for the first time on U.S. soil from March 27 to April 3 in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge.
Team USA is the two-time defending world champion, after capturing gold in both events so far, 2008 in Calgary, Canada, and 2009 in Füssen, Germany.
Highlighting the roster are two members from both the 2008 and 2009 team with defenceman Meagan Mangene and forward Kendall Coyne, who scored the overtime goal in last year’s gold medal game against Canada.
Other returnees to the squad include five members from the 2009 team, including forwards Brittany Ammerman, Lyndsey Fry, Amanda Pelkey and Taylor Wasylk, and netminder Alex Rigsby, who was named best goaltender of the tournament.
Rigsby became the first-ever woman to be chosen in the entry draft of the country’s major junior league, USHL, when the Chicago Steel selected her with the team’s 16th round pick
In addition, all but three members of the 2010 squad appeared in the three-game series against Canada in August 2009.
The team will be coached by three-time Olympian Katie King of the Boston Colloge.
Click here for the schedule of the 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship.
Goalkeepers: Aubree Moore (Washington Pride U19, JWHL), Alex Rigsby (Milwaukee Jr. Admirals Midget Major, MAHL).
Defencemen: Gabie Figueroa (Connecticut Polar Bears U19, NEGHL), Marissa Gedman (Noble and Greenough School, Mass.), Meagan Mangene (North American Hockey Academy, JWHL), Emily Pfalzer (Mississauga (Ont.) Jr. Chiefs, PWHL), Michelle Picard (Noble and Greenough School, Mass. / Massachusetts Spitfires U19, NEGHL), Jordan Slavin (University of North Dakota, WCHA).
Forwards: Brittany Ammerman (North American Hockey Academy, JWHL), Stephanie Anderson (Minnesota Thoroughbreds U19, JWHL), Melissa Bizzari (North American Hockey Academy, JWHL), Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids High School, Minn.), Alexandra Carpenter (Governor’s Academy, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Chicago Mission U19, MWEHL), Lyndsey Fry (Colorado Select U19, MWEHL), Zoe Hickel (North American Hockey Academy, JWHL), Meghan Lorence (Irondale High School, Minn.), Amanda Pelkey (North American Hockey Academy, JWHL), Haley Skarupa (Washington Pride U19, JWHL), Taylor Wasylk (Little Caesars U19, MWEHL).