Festival to Determine U.S. Women's Select Teams That Will Compete in International Tournaments This Month
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 79 players selected to participate in the 2011 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place August 10-20 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.
The Festival will serve as the selection camp for the 2011 U.S. Women's Select Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Eight Nations Tournament in Vierumäki, Finland, Aug. 24-31 and the 2011 U.S Women's Under-18 Select Team that will take on Canada in a three-game series Aug. 18-21 in Rockland, Ont.
Among this year's attendees are 19 of the 21 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. In addition, 14 of the players were on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including four-time Olympian Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) and three-time Olympian Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.). They join two-time Olympians Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.).
Among the players under the age of 18 invited to the Festival are eight members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's U18 World Championship, including goaltender Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.); defensemen Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.); and forwards Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.), Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas), Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) and Dana Trivigno (Sateauket, N.Y.).
"We're excited to be heading to the National Sports Center with 79 of the most talented players in the nation," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "We're proud of the success our women's program has enjoyed, but we know we can become even better."
The Festival participants will be divided into four teams for daily practices and games at the Schwan Super Rink, part of the National Sports Center.
USA Hockey intends to announce the roster for the 2011 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team on Aug. 15 and the roster for the 2011 U.S. Women's Select Team on Aug. 19.
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