Women prepare for Vancouver

USA Hockey announces 2009-2010 roster


Presentation of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the media conference in Blaine. Photo: USA Hockey

BLAINE, United States – The top-four countries in women’s hockey will breathe the Olympic air as they prepare for the big event with the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver from August 31 to September 6 at GM Place.

It will also be a test event for the organizers in the primary venue of the 2010 Olympics.

Reigning World Champion USA announced its roster for the 2009-2010 season in Blaine, Minnesota, on Monday. Three-time Olympians Jenny Potter and Angela Ruggiero highlight the 23 players.

Head coach Mark Johnson had to trim his roster from 41 to 23 players following the 2009 USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Blaine, which ended on Sunday.

“We put a lot of time, energy and thought into the selection of this team and we ended up with a great mix of experienced Olympic veterans, as well as players who are looking to compete in the Games for the first time,” Johnson said. “This process started three years ago and the experience the players have gained during that time will help them in our preparations as we move toward Vancouver.”

Of the 23 players, only six have previous Olympic experience, but 21 have played in the World Women’s Championship.

The team will be centralized in the Twin Cities and will play in the Hockey Canada Cup and also embark on a ten-game, nine-city tour through the U.S. In addition, it will participate in an international tournament in Finland, play three more games against Canada in Canada and against Minnesota high school boy’s teams.

2009-2010 U.S. Women’s National Team

Goalkeepers: Brianne McLaughlin (Robert Morris University, CHA), Molly Schaus (Boston College, HEA), Jessie Vetter (University of Wisconsin, WCHA).

Defencemen: Kacey Bellamy (University of New Hampshire, HEA), Caitlin Cahow (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Lisa Chesson (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Rachael Drazan (University of Minnesota, WCHA), Molly Engstrom (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Angela Ruggiero (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Kerry Weiland (2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team).

Forwards: Julie Chu (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Natalie Darwitz (2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team), Meghan Duggan (University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Angie Keseley (University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Hilary Knight (University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Jocelyne Lamoureux (University of Minnesota, WCHA), Monique Lamoureux (University of Minnesota, WCHA), Erika Lawler (University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Gigi Marvin (University of Minnesota, WCHA), Jenny Potter (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Kelli Stack (Boston College, HEA), Karen Thatcher (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL), Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (Minnesota Whitecaps, WWHL).

Canada’s Olympic Centralization Roster

The other favourite of the Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, host nation Canada, already released its long list in March.

Goalkeepers: Shannon Szabados (Grant MacEwan, ACAC), Charline Labonté (McGill University, CIS), Kim St-Pierre (Montreal Stars, CWHL).

Defencemen: Carla MacLeod (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Becky Kellar (Burlington Barracudas, CWHL), Colleen Sostorics (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Gillian Ferrari (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Meaghan Mikkelson (Edmonton Chimos, WWHL), Catherine Ward (McGill University, CIS), Jocelyne Larocque (Univ. Of Minnesota-Duluth, WCHA), Tessa Bonhomme (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Delaney Collins (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL).

Forwards: Meghan Agosta (Mercyhurst College, CHA), Rebecca Johnston (Cornell University, ECAC), Cherie Piper (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Gillian Apps (Brampton Canadette-Thunder, CWHL), Caroline Ouellette (Montreal Stars, CWHL), Jayna Hefford (Brampton Canadette-Thunder, CWHL), Jennifer Botterill (Mississauga Chiefs, CWHL), Brianne Jenner (FW, Mississauga Chiefs, CWHL), Jennifer Wakefield (University of New Hampshire, HE), Haley Irwin (Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth, WCHA), Hayley Wickenheiser (Eskilstuna Linden, SWE Men Div. 3), Sarah Vaillancourt (Harvard University, ECAC), Gina Kingsbury (Calgary Oval X-Treme, WWHL), Marie-Philip Poulin (Dawson College, CEGEP).

Finland’s roster for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup

Goalkeepers: Susanna Airaksinen (Kärpät Oulu), Mira Kuisma (Kärpät Oulu), Noora Räty (University of Minnesota, USA).

Defencemen: Emma Laaksonen (Espoo Blues), Rosa Lindstedt (Ilves Tampere), Mariia Posa (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA), Jenni Hiirikoski (Ilves Tampere), Mira Jalosuo (University of Minnesota, USA), Tea Villilä (Espoo Blues), Saija Sirviö (Kärpät Oulu), Heidi Pelttari (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA).

Forwards: Marjo Vuotilainen (Espoo Blues), Venla Heikkilä (Ilves Tampere), Annina Rajahuhta (Ilves Tampere), Välimäki (Ilves Tampere), Minnamari Tuominen (Ohio State University, USA), Emmi Leinonen (Minnesota State University Mankato, USA), Michelle Karvinen (Rødovre, DEN), Saara Tuominen (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA), Nina Tikkinen (Minnesota State University Mankato, USA), Tanja Niskanen (KalPa Kuopio), Mari Pehkonen (Providence College, USA), Karoliina Rantamäki (SKIF Nizhny Novgorod, RUS).

Sweden’s roster for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup

Goalkeepers: Sara Grahn (Linköpings HC), Kim Martin (University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA), Josephin Lennström (AIK Solna), Valentina Lizana (AIK Solna).

Defencemen: Frida Nevalainen (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Jenni Asserholt (University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA), Johanna Fällman (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Emilia Andersson (Minnesota State University Mankato, USA), Emma Nordin (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Emma Eliasson (Brynäs Gävle), Gunilla Andersson (Segeltorps IF), Annie Svedin (MODO Örnsköldsvik).

Forwards: Elin Holmlöv (University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA), Maria Rooth (AIK Solna), Erika Holst (Segeltorps IF), Tina Enström (Linköpings HC), Cecilia Östberg (Leksands IF), Isabelle Jordansson (AIK Solna), Erica Udén Johansson (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Sophie Westlund (Linköpings HC), Pernilla Winberg (University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA), Anna Borgqvist (Leksands IF), Klara Myrén (Leksands IF), Erika Grahm (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Frida Svedin Thunström (MODO Örnsköldsvik), Danijela Rundqvist (AIK Solna).



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