COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 22-player U.S. Women's Select Team, which will compete in the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup from Nov. 9-13 in St. John's, N.L. Four-time Olympian Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) will serve as captain of the team.
Potter, who was selected as USA Hockey's Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season after leading Team USA to the Olympic silver medal with a team-best 11 points (6-5), will be competing in her ninth Four Nations Cup. The forward is one of 12 Olympians on the U.S. roster.
Forward and three-time Olympian Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) and two-time Olympic defensemen Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) join Potter as the most veteran members of the team.
Team USA returns eight additional players from the 2010 Olympics, including defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.); forwards Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.); and goaltenders Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.).
Defenseman Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) and forward Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) return to the Four Nations Cup after having played at the event in 2008. The pair most recently competed in the 2010 Under-22 Series along with seven other members of the U.S. Women's Select Team. Among those seven are four newcomers to the senior-level team - defenseman Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) and forwards Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Sarah Erickson (LaPorte, Minn.) and Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.).
In addition, defenseman Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) and forward Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.), both of whom recently played for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team, will play in the Four Nations Cup as the youngest members of Team USA.
Rounding out the U.S. roster for the tournament are defenseman Meagan Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.), a three-time member of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, and forward Allie Thunstrom (Maplewood, Minn.), who previously competed at the 2007 Under-22 Series.
Prior to the start of the Four Nations Cup, 22 players will participate in a training camp at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, from Oct. 31-Nov. 6.
The camp will include 11 Olympians, 10 members of the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team and two additional skaters. The camp squad will play Sweden on Nov. 5, before 11 of the camp participants continue on to St. John's on Nov. 7, where they will meet the 11 NCAA players who complete the U.S. roster for the Four Nations Cup.
Team USA opens play at the Four Nations Cup with an Olympic gold-medal rematch against Canada on Nov. 9 at Mile One Centre in St. John's.
photos Janos Schmidt