Gopher Olympic Hopefuls Update: Oct. 12
Oct. 12, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Eleven Golden Gophers could compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games as seven are centralized with the U.S. Women's National Team, two are training full-time with Canada's National Women's Team, and two alumnae are expected to represent Finland in Pyeongchang, South Korea next February.

Each week, GopherSports.com will look at the recent competitions, appearances, and activities for the 11 Gopher Olympic hopefuls with their respective countries.

Pre-Olympic competition for the U.S., Canada, and Finland includes the 2017 Four Nations Cup in November in Tampa, Fla. Canada's National Women's Team and the U.S. Women's National Team will also face off in a six-game exhibition series with stops in Quebec (Oct. 22), Boston (Oct. 25), St. Paul (Dec. 3), Winnipeg (Dec. 5), San Jose (Dec. 15), and Edmonton (Dec. 17).

U.S. Women's National Team Update

University of Minnesota senior Kelly Pannek joins six Gopher alumnae in residency with the U.S. Women's National Team: Megan Bozek ('13), Hannah Brandt ('16), Dani Cameranesi ('17), Amanda Kessel ('16), Gigi Marvin ('09), and Lee Stecklein ('17).

The team is centralized in the Tampa suburb of Wesley Chapel as players train at Florida Hospital Center Ice in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. Women's National Team's pre-Olympic tour, The Time is Now Tour presented by Toyota, includes a series of games this fall and winter.


 

 

The U.S. Women's National Team celebrated Girls Hockey weekend with an on-ice clinic at FH Center Ice.

Canada's National Women's Team Update

University of Minnesota junior Sarah Potomak and incoming recruit Amy Potomak are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with Canada's National Women's Team. Canada's pre-Olympic tour includes a 24-game schedule against opponents from the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) as part of the team's Where the Journey Begins tour.

The team split its opening Esso Series road games in Grande Prairie and Edmonton over the weekend. Canada’s National Women’s Team bested the Grande Prairie Storm with a 5-3 win on Friday night before the KofC Pats earned a 4-3 comeback victory over Canada in Edmonton.

On Tuesday, Hockey Canada and Oilers Entertainment Group confirmed that Canada’s National Women’s Team will play the final game of its six-game series against the U.S. at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Finland Women's National Team Update

University of Minnesota alumnae Noora Raty ('13) and Mira Jalosuo ('13) are also expected to represent their native Finland in the upcoming Olympic Games. Raty is spending the 2017-18 season playing with the CWHL's Kunlun Red Star.

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