GWH Blog: Four Gophers Selected to USA Hockey Roster

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Twenty-seven players have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Team preliminary roster in preparation for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, which takes place April 7-14 in Burlington, Vermont. Three current Gopher players and a Minnesota alum are included on the roster: defensemen Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper and Gigi Marvin, and forward Amanda Kessel.

The athletes will take part in a training camp at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 25 - April 3, with the final 21-player roster set to be announced on April 1. The U.S. will travel to Ottawa, Ont., for an exhibition contest against Canada on March 31, before playing Finland in a pre-tournament game on April 3 at 7 p.m. EST at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The U.S. squad will arrive in Burlington on April 4, where Team USA will look to defend its back-to-back-to-back world titles from 2008, 2009 and 2011 (a world championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games).

Twenty-one members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured first place in the 2011 Four Nations Cup in November are vying for roster spots. There are a total of 17 Olympians on the preliminary list and 19 players who helped Team USA to the world title in 2011.

In addition to the Gopher players on the roster, former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championship.

See the full roster here.

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