Twenty-three play­ers selected to U.S. women’s team

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

TAMPA, Fla. — USA Hockey has selected 23 play­ers to the women’s na­tional team for the Olympics, and all but two helped the United States earn the gold medal at the Women’s World Cham­pi­onship last month.

Hi­lary Knight, who scored the over­time win­ner over Canada to give the U.S. women their fourth straight ti­tle at the world cham­pi­onship, is one of 12 mem­bers selected who also played on the sil­ver medal-win­ning 2014 Olympic team.

The oth­ers in­clude: Meghan Dug­gan, Kacey Bellamy, Me­gan Bozek, Alex Car­pen­ter, Ken­dall Coyne, Bri­anna Decker, Amanda Kes­sel, Jo­ce­lyne Lamoureux-David­son, Monique Lamoureux-Mo­rando, Gigi Marvin and Lee Steck­lein.

For­wards Kelli Stack and Ha­ley Skarupa, who played at worlds, were re­placed by Dani Cam­er­anesi and An­nie Pankowski.

A ros­ter-lead­ing six play­ers are from Min­nesota. For­mer Go­phers star Robb Stauber is the head coach. Play­ers and staff will re­lo­cate to the Tampa area in Septem­ber to train in prepa­ra­tion for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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