Nine current or former Gophers women’s hockey players have been to the U.S. women’s national team selection camp. It will be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.
The nine Golden Gophers selected are:
D Megan Bozek
F Hannah Brandt
F Sarah Erickson
F Amanda Kessel
D Gigi Marvin
D Milica McMillen
D Anne Schleper
F Jen Schoullis
D Lee Stecklein
A total of 41 players have been invited to the camp -- four goalies, 12 defensemen and 25 forwards -- which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing and three intrasquad scrimmages. The camp will be used to determine the U.S. women’s national team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.
Bozek, Erickson, Kessel, Marvin, Schleper, Schoullis and Stecklein were all on the U.S. Women’s National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont. last month.
Marvin is the lone player to represent the Maroon & Gold in an Olympic Winter Games.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will run from Feb. 6-23 and the women’s ice hockey competition is slated to begin on Feb. 8 with the gold medal game played on Feb. 20.
BADGERS SIGN GOALIE FROM CANADA
The Wisconsin women's hockey team signed goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens of La Malbaie, Quebec, to a national letter of intent on Monday. She will join the Badgers for the 2013-14 season.
"We're really excited that she's coming in," UW coach Mark Johnson said. "I think she's going to be a great goaltender for us."
Desbiens is a 5-foot-9 goaltender who spent the 2012-13 season playing for the Beaubourg Seigneurs AA, a boys midget AA level team located in Beauport, Quebec. With Beabourg, she was named the best goaltender in the Quebec Midget AA League, leading the league with a 1.99 goals-against average.