BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) – If you’re looking for a hockey fix with the NHL being locked out, the National Sports Center in Blaine might be a good spot the next several days.

Some of the top women’s hockey players in the country are headed there for a camp to train and compete for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Nine of the players have Minnesota connections between being from here or playing for the University of Minnesota.

It’s a big deal for the players as only 36 are invited and it serves as a pre-tryout for the world team. Players who are there say it’s an honor to be selected to compete.

The team’s coach said they’re looking for players to have competitiveness and preparation heading into the camp. They’re looking for players who hustle and make the simple, routine plays.

For many of the players, they love getting on the ice in this environment because hockey is their life. It’s something they’ve grown up playing since they were young kids and it’s a chance to put on their jersey, play their favorite sport and represent their country.

It’s a six-day camp that started Thursday, and the players with Minnesota ties include Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, Jenny Potter, Milica McMillan, Lee Stecklein and Sarah Erickson. They’ll be skating at the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine through New Year’s Eve.


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