BLAINE, Minn., August 24, 2009 –Three-time Olympians Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) and Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley, Calif.) highlight the 23-players named to the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team, as announced today by USA Hockey.
The squad, which will be centralized in the Twin Cities, will take part in the Qwest Tour, a 10-game, nine-city domestic tour that begins on Sept. 25 in St. Paul, Minn., and concludes just prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
In addition to the 10 Qwest Tour stops, Team USA will compete in two international tournaments, as well as three games against the Canadian National Team in Canada and additional games against Minnesota high school boys' teams.
The team was selected following the 2009 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which ran from Aug. 19-23 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The Festival featured 41 of the top female hockey players in the United States.
"Although this is a tough day, it's also an exciting day," said Mark Johnson, head coach of the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team and 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "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. 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."
The United States roster includes three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards. Six of the players have Olympic experience and 21 athletes have competed in an International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, including 20 who have captured a gold medal either this year or last. Nineteen of the 21 players from the 2009 U.S. Women's National Team return to the squad for the 2009-10 season.
In addition, 13 members of Team USA played NCAA Division I women's ice hockey during the 2008-09 season, while the remaining 10 were on the 2008-09 U.S. Women's Select Team, part of a residency program set up by USA Hockey in Blaine. Of the 13 NCAA players, six have NCAA eligibility remaining.
The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team will make its first public appearance on Thursday (Aug. 27) at the Minnesota State Fair. The players will participate in the daily parade at 2 p.m., followed by a meet and greet in Carousel Park from 3-5 p.m. The team departs for Vancouver for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup on Sat., Aug. 29. For a full schedule of events during the 2009-10 season, please visit QwestTour.com.
NOTES: Click here for the full roster ... A press conference to announce the roster took place today (Aug. 24) at 1 p.m. CT. An audio file of the event will be posted on QwestTour.com at approximately 3 p.m. CT ... The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team will practice at the Schwan Super Rink today at 2:30 p.m. CT, Tuesday (Aug. 25) at 11 a.m. CT and Wednesday (Aug.a-availability sessions after each practice ... The United States currently holds the No. 1 ranking in the world after capturing world championships in both 2008 and 2009 ...Hilary Knight(Hanover, N.H.) is the youngest player on the roster at 20 years old. She is nine days younger than Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux(Grand Forks, N.D.), who are twin sisters. Conversely, Jenny Potter is the oldest at 30 years old ... Goaltender Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio) and forward Angie Keseley (St. Louis Park, Minn.) have never competed on a U.S. Women's National Team, however, McLaughlin played for the U.S. at the 2008 Under-22 Series ... The 2010 U.S Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will be announced in mid-December and will be comprised of 21 players ... Mark Johnson will lead Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Joining him on the coaching staff as assistant coaches are Dave Flint, head women’s ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, andJodi McKenna, head women’s ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University ... Coverage of the Qwest Tour can be found on QwestTour.com, as well as on the U.S. Women's National Team's Facebook page and on the Qwest Tour Twitter page.
About the Qwest Tour:
The Qwest Tour, presented by Qwest Communications, will feature the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team playing a 10-game domestic tour that begins Sept. 25 and ends just prior to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Gamme, the U.S. squad will face off against Canada; Finland; all-star teams from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Hockey East and ECAC Hockey; and various other NCAA Division I women's ice hockey teams. For more details, including the full schedule and ticket information, visit QwestTour.com.
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