COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-three players were selected to participate in a training camp in Blaine, Minn., from Aug. 17-21, concurrently with the USA Hockey Women's National Festival. All 20 skaters, plus two of the three goaltenders will go on to represent the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Women's Under-18 Series from Aug. 24-27 in Calgary, Alta.
The Women's Under-18 Series, now in its third year, is a three-game series between the United States and Canada. At the event last year, Team USA earned the series win with a pair of victories and an overtime loss to the Canadians.
The 23 players selected to the camp all participated at one of USA Hockey's Girls' Select Player Development Camps, at the 15, 16 or 17 level. The Girls' Select 15 Player Development Camp was held from July 22-28 at the ESL Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y., and the Girls' Select 16 and 17 Player Development Camps were held from June 26-July 2 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Highlighting the U.S. roster are two players who were members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team at both the 2008 and 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championships, including Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) and Meagan Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.). Coyne is also invited to the Women's National Festival to tryout for the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the Qwest Tour, a 10-game tour that begins Sept. 25, and ends just prior to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
In addition, four players on the roster joined Coyne and Mangene in capturing the gold medal at the 2009 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship, including forwards Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.), Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) and Taylor Wasylk (Port Huron, Mich.), and goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.).
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NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders ... The 23 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 states ... Brittany Ammerman, Kendall Coyne, Meagan Mangene, Amanda Pelkey, Alex Rigsby and Taylor Wasylk were members of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that competed in the 2008 Women's Under-18 Series ... Katie King, three-time Olympian and head women's ice hockey coach at Boston College, will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team, with Shelley Looney, two-time Olympian and women's hockey director for the New Jersey Colonials, and Catherine Hanson, former U.S. Women's National Team member and assistant women's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University, serving as assistant coaches ... The annual USA Hockey Player Development Camps provide top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group.