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Minnesota Scene: Five Gophers on U.S. team

  • June 25, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Five current or former Gophers were selected Monday to the U.S. women’s national hockey team, making the 25-member preliminary roster for the 2014 Olympics.

Four defensemen — Gigi Marvin of Warroad, Anne Schleper of St. Cloud, Lee Stecklein of Roseville and Megan Bozek — and forward Amanda Kessel were among those chosen from the 41 players who participated in a weeklong selection camp at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Stecklein, Kessel and Bozek were part of the Gophers team that completed an undefeated season with its second consecutive NCAA title earlier this year. Marvin was on the 2010 Olympic team, and Schleper was on the Gophers’ team that won the 2012 NCAA championship.

Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, who played one season for the Gophers before transferring to North Dakota, also made the team.

Beginning in September, the group will train in Boston, Lake Placid, N.Y., and at the National Sports Center in Blaine and will play a schedule of exhibition games this fall. The roster will be reduced in late December, with 21 players making the team that will play in the Olympics in February in Sochi, Russia.

All five were on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Ottawa in April.

Kessel, who will be a senior this season, and Stecklein, who will be a sophomore, will redshirt during the 2013-14 season to train with the national team.

RACHEL BLOUNT

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• Frank Vaccaro resigned as Hamline’s men’s and women’s head swimming and diving coach to become aquatic manager for the University of Notre Dame. Hamline athletic director Jason Verdugo said a search for a new coach will begin immediately.

• Middleweight Caleb Truax of Osseo improved to 22-1-1 with a sixth-round knockout of Don George (24-4-2) Friday to win the co-feature of a boxing card at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In the other featured bout, Rances Barthelemy (19-0) of Cuba knocked out Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-4-1) of Thailand in the second round of their junior lightweight bout. St. Paul natives Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee fought to a draw in an eight-round bout for the Minnesota state lightweight title.

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