USA Hockey has announced that Buffalo Beauts (NWHL) defenseman Meghan Duggan has been named captain of the U.S. National Team heading into the Four Nations Cup tournament in Sweden that is set to start on November 4.
Duggan served as the captain of the U.S. Team at the 2015 World Championships where the U.S. took home a set of gold medals.
Kacey Bellamy of the Boston Pride (NWHL) and Monique Lamoureux (Minnesota Whitecaps) will serve as alternate captains.
The Four Nations Cup starts with all four teams — U.S., Canada, Finland, Sweden — facing each other in a series of three games before a playoff round determines a champion.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) October 26, 2015
The U.S. has announced their full roster as well, which features 13 players from the U.S.’s gold medal-winning team at the 2015 IIHF World Championships, six additional players who played for the U.S. team at the 2014 Four Nations Cup, two players making their national team debut (Emily Janiga and Jordan Smelker) and Allie Thunstrom who will play her first national team game since the 2010 Four Nations Cup.
In all, the team features features 14 players from the newly formed NWHL, six players from the Minnesota Whitecaps, and three collegiate players.
The team is currently in Chicago for camp and took in Monday’s Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks match at United Center, which, as well as another Ducks shutout, featured Duggan giving Jeff Garlin advice on how to shoot a puck from center ice.
— NWHL Gifs (@nwhlgifs) October 27, 2015
Captain Duggan has a nice ring to it.
— CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey) October 26, 2015
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