COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey today announced the 27 players
who are candidates for the 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team, a group
that includes four current UW women’s hockey players and two former
Current Badgers Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Hilary Knight (Hanover,
N.H.), Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove,
Wis.) will be joined by former UW student-athletes Molly Engstrom
(Siren, Wis.) and Kerry Weiland (Palmer, Alaska) at a tryout/training
camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., from March 24-31.
The final 20-player roster will then be announced on March 28. Those
players will go on to represent the United States in the 2008
International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship from
April 4-12, in Harbin, China.
“We are excited about the group of athletes who will be attending the
camp,” said Jackie Barto, head coach of the 2008 U.S. Women’s
National Team and also the head women's ice hockey coach for The Ohio
State University. “It will be very competitive and we look forward to
selecting the team that will compete in the world championships.”
Included on the preliminary roster are eight Olympians, including
three-time U.S. Olympians Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) and Angela
Ruggiero (Harper Woods, Mich.), along with two-time Olympians Julie Chu
(Fairfield, Conn.) and Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.).
In addition, 14 players return from the 2007 U.S. Women’s National
Team that captured the silver medal at the IIHF World Women's
Championship, including forwards Darwitz, Duggan, Knight, Lawler, Gigi
Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) and Potter;
defensemen Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.), Chu, Engstrom, Ruggiero and
Weiland; and goaltenders Chanda Gunn (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and
Of the remaining nine forwards, five have experience at the Four
Nations Cup, while Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn
Heights, Ohio) have played for the United States at the Under-22 level
and Sarah Erickson (LaPorte, Minn.) recently captained the 2008 U.S.
Women's National Under-18 Team to the first-ever IIHF World Women's U18
Championship gold medal. Meanwhile, Anna McDonald (New Brighton, Minn.)
is making her Team USA debut.
On defense, U.S. Women's Select Team returnees Kacey Bellamy
(Westfield, Mass.), Rachael Drazan (Orono, Minn..) and Anya Miller (Elk
River, Minn.) join the five aforementioned blue liners in vying for a
Gunn and Vetter, who both competed for the U.S. Women's National Team
in last year's world championship, will join Molly Schaus (Natick,
Mass.) as candidates for Team USA's two goaltending positions. Schaus
has competed at the Under-22 level for the United States.
After the team is selected on March 28, Team USA will remain in
Colorado Springs until its April 1 departure for Harbin. Team USA opens
world-championship play against Germany on April 4.