GWH Blog: Future Gophers to Compete for USA U18 Team

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Two future Gopher women's hockey players have been named to the U.S. roster for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship. The tournament will be held in Perov and Zlin, Czech Republic Dec. 31 through Jan. 7. Defenseman Lee Stecklein and forward MaryAnne Menefee will don the red, white and blue for Team USA. Both players have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Gophers next season.

Lee Stecklein hails from Roseville, Minn., and Roseville Area High School. Maryanne Menefee is a senior at Lansing Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich., and plays for the Little Caesar's Under-19 AAA Hockey Club. Both players have previous experience with the U.S. Under-18 Team.

In addition to Stecklein and Menefee, Gopher coach Joel Johnson will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Championship.

Team USA has won the IIHF World Women's U18 Championship three times in the four-year history of the tournament, including their gold-medal performance at the 2011 tournament in Stockholm, Sweden.

Follow Team USA on the USA Hockey website.

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