COLORADO SPRINGS, USA – USA Hockey announced today the 23-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will represent the country in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa from April 2-9.
The U.S. roster is made up of three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. There are a total of 10 Olympians on the squad, including three-time Olympian Julie Chu.
“With the depth of the talent pool in our country, it’s always a challenge to settle on a final roster and this year was no different,” said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey and also the general manager of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team.
“We’re excited about the group of players we’ve selected and are confident that Coach Stone has the team focused and prepared to compete for the gold medal in Ottawa.”
The U.S. squad was chosen following a selection camp that began March 25 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and included 28 players. The U.S. Women's National Team will train at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid until departing tomorrow (March 31) for Ottawa.
Thirteen members of Team USA played NCAA Division I women's ice hockey during the 2012-13 season, with nine participating in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Five of those nine players advanced to the Women's Frozen Four and four captured the national title as part of the University of Minnesota. Eight players competed in the Canadian Women's Hockey League with seven winning the Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades.
Note: The final rosters of all eight participation nations will be published under Teams on Monday night.
– with files from USA Hockey
Team USA Roster
Alex Rigsby, University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jessie Vetter, Oregon Outlaws
Kacey Bellamy, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Megan Bozek, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Gigi Marvin, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Michelle Picard, Harvard University (ECAC)
Anne Schleper, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lee Stecklein, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Alex Carpenter, Boston College (HEA)
Julie Chu, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern University (HEA)
Brianna Decker, University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Meghan Duggan, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lyndsey Fry, Harvard University (ECAC)
Amanda Kessel, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Hilary Knight, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux, University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Monique Lamoureux, North Dakota (WCHA)
Jen Schoulis, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Kelley Steadman, Boston Blades (CWHL)