USA Hockey has named the U.S. National Team roster for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship, which will take place March 28-April 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.
For the first time in an international best-on-best tournament, the NWHL has a significant presence on the U.S. team. It’s an important moment for the league, who holds nine of the team’s 23 roster spots. 10 are from the NCAA, with Hockey East leading the way with five players.
The Minnesota Whitecaps have four representatives on the team, including two goaltenders.
Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood University (CHA)
Alex Rigsby, Minnesota Whitecaps
Jessie Vetter, Minnesota Whitecaps
Kacey Bellamy, Boston Pride (NWHL)
Megan Bozek, Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
Megan Keller, Boston College (HEA)
Monique Lamoureux, Minnesota Whitecaps
Emily Pfalzer, Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
Michelle Picard, Harvard University (ECACH)
Lee Stecklein, University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State University (WCHA)
Alex Carpenter, Boston College (HEA)
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern University (HEA)
Shiann Darkangelo, Connecticut Whale (NWHL)
Brianna Decker, Boston Pride (NWHL)
Meghan Duggan, Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
Hilary Knight, Boston Pride (NWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Minnesota Whitecaps
Annie Pankowski, University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Amanda Pelkey, Boston Pride (NWHL)
Haley Skarupa, Boston College (HEA)
Kelli Stack, Connecticut Whale (NWHL)
Dana Trivigno, Boston College (HEA)
USA Hockey has also announced that Meghan Duggan will serve as the team’s captain, while Kacey Bellamy and Monique Lamoureux will serve as alternate captains.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.