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Hockey - 18. March 2009.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster Announced

Thirty-Two-Player Roster Features 24 National-Team Returnees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the 32 candidates for the 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team. A tryout/training camp will be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 24-30, with the final 21-player roster to be announced on March 26. Those players will go on to help the United States defend its world title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship from April 4-12, in Hameenlinna, Finland.

The preliminary roster includes four goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 18 forwards, and will be trimmed by 11 players prior to Team USA's March 30 departure for Finland.

Highlighting the roster are 24 players who have competed in previous IIHF World Women's Championships, including 23 who have been on gold medal-winning squads, either in 2005 or 2008. Nineteen of the 20 members of the world champion 2008 U.S. Women's National Team are in contention for roster spots on this year's entry into the tournament.

Preliminary Roster Highlights

  • 10 Olympians
  • 23 World Champions
  • 1 World U18 Champion
  • 19 returnees from 2008 U.S. Women's National Team
  • 20 members of the 2008 Four Nations Cup championship team
  • 16 members of the 2008-09 U.S. Women's Select Team
  • 11 Western Women's Hockey League players
  • 15 NCAA Division I players
  • 1 high school player

The U.S. Women's National Program has enjoyed unprecedented success in the last two years. In 2008, the U.S. Women's National Team captured its second-ever world title with back-to-back wins over Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship in Harbin, China. That came on the heels of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team's gold-medal fete at the first-ever IIHF World Women's U18 Championship in January 2008.

Later that year, the U.S. Women's Select Team earned its first Four Nations Cup championship since 2003 with a thrilling shootout victory over Canada in Lake Placid, N.Y. Finally, just two months ago, the United States defended its U18 world championship with a victory in Fussen, Germany.

Team USA opens world-championship play against Japan on April 4.

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