6 Minnesota natives on U.S. Olympic women’s hockey roster for 2022 – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Hilary Knight was selected for USA Hockey’s fourth Olympic Games, one of 15 players with previous Winter Games experience on the United States Women’s National Team looking to defend her gold medal in Beijing on next month.

The 23-player final roster was announced Saturday night during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic game in Minneapolis, where players stood on mini-rinks next to the main rink for an introduction to the crowd. at Target Field. Six players on the team are from Minnesota.

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Knight joined Jenny Potter, Angela Ruggiero and Julie Chu as the only Americans to form four Olympic hockey teams. Knight, the 32-year-old forward, broke the national team’s record for career world championship goals last summer, which was previously held by Cammi Granato.

“You just look at the stats, she’s the most decorated player in our sport on the American side anyway,” teammate Brianna Decker said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “But you see everything she’s done off the ice to make the game grow and be that image and be that figure that young girls admire, it’s amazing. “

Decker and fellow strikers Kendall Coyne Schofield and Amanda Kessel and defenseman Lee Stecklein have all been named to their third Olympic squad.

Other 2018 returns are defenseman Cayla Barnes, forward Hannah Brandt, forward Dani Cameranesi, goalkeeper Alex Cavallini, goalie Nicole Hensley, defender Megan Keller, forward Kelly Pannek and goalkeeper Maddie Rooney, who joined the squad after being sidelined by an injury that kept him out of the world championships last summer. Defender Megan Bozek and forward Alex Carpenter were part of the 2014 squad.

The rookies are forward Jesse Compher, defender Jincy Dunne, defender Savannah Harmon, defender Caroline Harvey, forward Abbey Murphy, forward Abby Roque, forward Hayley Scamurra and forward Grace Zumwinkle.

“The women in this room are amazing, and it’s intoxicating in a way. You just want to be a part of it, ”Knight told the AP in October.

Harvey, who just turned 19 in October, has been groomed to lead the power play. She made her national team debut in August at the world championships and scored against Japan in the quarterfinals.

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The most notable player not on the list is defenseman Kali Flanagan, who has played all five games in South Korea. Twin sisters and key members of the 2018 team, Monique Lamoureux and Jocelyne Lamoureux have retired, as have Meghan Duggan and Gigi Marvin.

The team are coached by Joel Johnson, who replaced Bob Corkum in April. Johnson also recently took over as a women’s coach at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, which made the jump to the NCAA Division I level this season.

The U.S. team beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win gold in 2018, after the Canadians had won the previous four Olympic tournaments.

Canada beat the United States at the world championships 3-2 in overtime for the title. The Americans had won the previous five world championships. The United States are 2-2-2 in six exhibition games against their Canadian rivals in the past two months.

“The players have consistently worked hard and battled through adversity over the past three months, and we are confident in the talent and energy they bring to the ice as we seek to win gold in Beijing. “CEO Katie Million said in a statement. statement distributed by USA Hockey.

The United States team opens the Beijing Games on February 3 against Finland in a group match.

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