COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Six Gophers are among the 69 players invited to the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 12-16, in Lake Placid, N.Y., USA Hockey announced.
Senior Rachael Bona, junior Hannah Brandt, sophomore Dani Cameranesi, junior Milica McMillen, freshman Cara Piazza and sophomore Lee Stecklein have been invited to participate in the five-day festival.
The festival will be used to select the 22-player rosters for a pair of series against Canada held simultaneously from Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park. The U.S. entries will feature an under-18 team and 22-and-under team.
Stecklein is one of four members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team invited to the festival, joining Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne and Michelle Picard to make up the quartet of Olympians set to attend.
Overall, the festival roster includes 24 defensemen, 38 forwards and seven goaltenders.
Gopher women's hockey associate head coach Joel Johnson also will be in attendance at the National Festival in his capacity as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2014-15 season.
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