The USA Women’s National Team is headed to East Meadow, New York, this week for pre-camp leading up to the IIHF Women’s World Championships in Malmo, Sweden. The camp runs March 20-26.

The 23-player roster  includes 13 members of the 2014 Olympic team, which came away with the silver medal in Sochi. Those players include power houses Hilary Knight, Megan Duggan, Brianna Decker, and goaltenders Molly Shaus, Jessie Vetter and Alex Rigsby.

Ten players on the roster are still playing college hockey on their respective teams, will join the team at camp following their teams’ progress from the Frozen Four in Minnesota. Five members of Boston College’s squad, including Olympian Alex Carpenter. Minnesota leading scorer Hannah Brandt, and Gophers teammate Lee Stecklein will also join the USA National Team. Michelle Picard of the Harvard Crimson and Annie Pankowski of the Wisconsin Badgers will also join the team at the end of their college team’s run.

The roster includes six Massachusetts natives: Carpenter, of North Reading; Duggan, of Danvers; Shaus, of Natick; Picard, of Taunton; and Kacey Bellamy, of Westfield.

Camp will consist of seven days of on-ice practices, with at least two days of double-sessions. View the full practice schedule here.

The team will travel to Malmo and start practices there on March 27.

The team’s tournament schedule is:

Date Opponent Time (EST)
March 28 Canada 10 a.m.
March 29 Finland 2 p.m.
March 31 Russia 6 a.m.
April 1 Quarterfinals TBD
April 3 Semifinals TBD
April 4 Bronze medal game
Gold medal game
TBD

 

Ken Klee, who coached the U.S. Women’s team at the Four Nations Cup in 2014, will coach the team.

The U.S. won the gold medal in last IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2013, and has faced off against Canada in the gold medal game in all 15 prior championships.

The U.S. has won the championship a total of five times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).

A college hockey fan and hockey player, Krista Patronick decided to pursue a career in sports management after earning a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2009 and spending three years in journalism. She received her Master's of Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013. After realizing she was meant to work in the hockey world, Krista went to work in any press box she could get into. She kept statistics, wrote shot charts, tweeted and live-blogged her way to a job as an operations coordinator and marketing director at The Hockey Academy in Hudson, N.H. She works with the company's two junior teams, adult hockey players, and youth teams. Krista is a goalie and enjoys playing hockey in her spare time. She is a die-hard Bruins and River Hawks hockey fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KristaPatronick

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