Dec. 8, 2011
2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp
MADISON, Wis. - Following this weekend's series against Bemidji State, most members of the Wisconsin women's hockey will enjoy a three-week, midseason break from action. For some, however, they won't find much time away from the ice.
Five Wisconsin standouts will be joining five former Badgers in Blaine, Minn., this winter for the 2011 Women's Winter Training Camp, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.
The current and former Badgers help make up 41 of the nation's top female hockey players that are taking part in the 2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp, Dec. 26-31. The six-day camp, which takes place at the National Sports Center's Schwan Super Rink, will serve as an evaluation camp and training session for the U.S. Women's National Team.
Sophomore Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) joins former Badger Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) as two of the four goaltenders participating in the camp, joining Brianne McLaughlin (Burlington Barracudas) and Molly Schaus (Boston College) in net.
Former Badgers Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) and Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) are among the 13 defensemen attending the camp this year.
Four Badger forwards join former UW skaters Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) to round out Wisconsin's participants in the camp. Sophomore Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.), senior Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.), junior Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and senior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) are all attending the camp.
Decker and Knight join 21 of the 22 players who recently captured the 2011 Four Nations Cup championship in Nykoping, Sweden, last month.
A total of 16 Olympians will be on hand in Blaine, including Vetter, Engstrom, Duggan, Knight and Lawler, who competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Incoming Badger Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.) will also be working on the international level as she joins the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team prior to the team's departure for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's U18 Championship. The event is set for Dec. 31-Jan. 7 in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic.