5 Gophers Make U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Five members or former members of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team will be heading to Sochi in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Among those who were named to the team was forward Amanda Kessel, who was named NCAA player of the year.
According to reports, if Kessel’s brother Phil is named to the men’s team, as many are predicting, they would mark the first brother-sister combo to compete in the same Winter Games for Team USA in ice hockey. Phil Kessel plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The roster was announced during the break between periods of the NHL’s Winter Classic.
In all, eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the United States in Sochi.
Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already got. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles.
Here is the Olympic team’s full roster, with the other Minnesota players in bold:
Lee Stecklein, Defense
Monique Lamoureux, Forward
Megan Bozek, Defense
Meghan Duggan, Forward
Julie Chu, Forward
Brianna Decker, Forward
Anne Schleper, Defense
Kelli Stack, Forward
Jocelyne Lamoureux, Forward
Lyndsey Fry, Forward
Gigi Marvin, Defense
Hilary Knight, Forward
Kacey Bellamy, Defense
Michelle Picard, Defense
Josephine Pucci, Defense
Alex Carpenter, Forward
Kendall Coyne, Forward
Amanda Kessel, Forward
Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle, Goaltender
Molly Schaus, Goaltender
Jessie Vetter, Goaltender
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