LAKE PLACID, USA – USA Hockey announced the 25-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The announcement is the culmination of a seven-day selection camp that began on June 17 in Lake Placid and included 41 players. The complete roster (scroll down) features 13 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.
“We had a tremendous camp with our country's best players and faced some very difficult decisions," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "We thank everyone for their dedication and congratulate those that made the team."
Of the 25 players, 12 have previously represented the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games, including three-time Olympian Julie Chu. Members of the team range in age from 16-31, with Jincy Dunne the youngest player and Chu the oldest.
In total, the rostered players have represented the U.S. in 1,384 games in international competitions between 1999 and 2013.
Ten members of Team USA played NCAA Division I women's ice hockey during the 2012/2013 season, with eight participating in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Four of those eight players advanced to the Women's Frozen Four and three captured the national title as part of the University of Minnesota.
Nine players competed in the Canadian Women's Hockey League with eight winning the Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades.
Carey, USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and Katey Stone, head coach of the women's ice hockey team at Harvard University will be the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and will also serve as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.
The U.S. Women's National Team will enter a residency program in early September and will primarily train at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Massachusetts.
The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 skaters and three goaltenders, will be announced in late December.
– with files from USA Hockey
U.S. National Women's Team 2013/2014
Brianne McLaughlin, Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)
Molly Schaus, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jessie Vetter, Oregon Outlaws (GLHL)
Kacey Bellamy, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Megan Bozek, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Lisa Chesson, Ohio State University (WCHA)
Jincy Dunne, St. Louis Lady Blues 19U
Gigi Marvin, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Michelle Picard, Harvard University (ECACH)
Josephine Pucci, Harvard University (ECACH)
Anne Schleper, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lee Stecklein, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Kate Buesser, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Alex Carpenter, Boston College (HEA)
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern University (HEA)
Julie Chu, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Brianna Decker, University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Meghan Duggan, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lyndsey Fry, Harvard University (ECACH)
Amanda Kessel, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Hilary Knight, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux, University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Monique Lamoureux, University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Anne Pankowski, North American Hockey Academy (JWHL)
Kelli Stack, Boston Blades (CWHL)