May 3, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Nine Wisconsin women’s hockey players have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp that will take place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.
Of the nine invited, three played for the Badgers this season, including freshman Courtney Burke, senior Brianna Decker and junior Alex Rigsby. Five of the nine are former Badgers, Brooke Ammerman (2012), Meghan Duggan (2011), Hilary Knight (2012), Erika Lawler (2009) and Jessie Vetter (2009). The last Badger invited is incoming freshman Annie Pankowski, who just finished her prep career with North American Hockey Academy.
Decker, Duggan, Knight, Rigsby and Vetter were all members of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship in Ottawa, Ontario this past April. Lawler has also spent time on the national team, including participating in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games with Duggan, Knight and Vetter.
Ammerman and Burke have also skated in a number of camps with the senior women’s squad, as Burke participated in both the 2012 winter and summer training camps in Blaine, Minn., while Ammerman most recently skated at the 2012 summer training camp.
Pankowski is no stranger to international competition. She skated with the national team at the summer training camp last year, and has been a part of the under-18 team for the past three years.
A total of 41 players were invited to the camp, which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing, and three intrasquad scrimmages. It will be used to determine the U.S. roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team on June 24. That group will continue to train in Lake Placid until June 27 and begin a residency program starting in early September.
The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.
Additionally, former Badger Meaghan Mikkelson was recently selected as one of the 27 players to be centralized with Team Canada. Mikkelson skated with Canada at both the 2013 Women's World Championship and 2012 Four Nations Cup, as well as winning gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The final roster that will be nominated to Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will also be determined by late December.