Dec. 12, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS – Current, future, and past Gophers are set to compete in multiple national and international events with the United States, Canada, and Finland over the next month.
Check back to GopherSports.com for updates on these ucpoming events.
Dec. 12-15: USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp
Nine current, future, and past Gophers were invited to the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp from December 12-15, 2016 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
University of Minnesota alumnae Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, and Anne Schleper join current Gophers Kelly Pannek and Lee Stecklein, along with 2017-18 signee Grace Zumwinkle at the camp, which is being used to evaluate and select the U.S. Women's Select Team for the upcoming December Series with Canada. Dani Cameranesi was invited to the camp but is not attending due to injury.
All practices and scrimmages at the 2016 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp are open to the public. Twenty-nine of the 37 players on the roster took part in last year's camp.
Dec. 16/18: Four-Team Tournament in Sweden
Gopher alumnae Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo will play for Finland in a four-team tournament in Sweden Dec. 16 and 18. Finland will face Sweden, Russia, and Germany.
Dec. 17/19: USA vs. Canada December Series
Sarah Potomak and future Gopher Amy Potomak were named to Canada’s National Women’s Team to compete against the U.S. in the two-game December Series in Sarnia, Ont., and Plymouth, Mich.
Five Gophers representatives were named to the U.S. roster, which was announced at the conclusion of the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp. Senior Lee Stecklein joins alumni Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, and Anne Schleper on the U.S. squad.
Game one is set for 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., with game two at 6 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 19 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, Ont.
The game on Saturday, Dec. 17 is part of the first-ever Team USA Winter Champions Series, a day-long celebration of the Road to Pyeongchang that will feature three Olympic events. In addition to hockey, which will be broadcast on NBCSN, the series will include luge and big air snowboarding.
Jan. 4-7: Nations Cup
Gophers Sarah Potomak and Lindsay Agnew are set to join Minnesota alumna Sarah Davis in playing for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2017 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany and Telfs, Austria. Fellow University of Minnesota alumni Mira Jalosuo and Noora Raty have been named to Finland's roster for the tournament as well.
The Nations Cup, formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup and Meco Cup, brings together Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and national teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a four-day international tournament.
The Nations Cup runs Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 7. Prior to its opening game against the Czech Republic in Füssen, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team will play a pre-tournament game against Germany on Monday, Jan. 2.
Jan. 7-14: IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Five future Gophers will represent their home countries at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Alex Gulstene (Vancouver, British Columbia), Taylor Wente (Plymouth, Minn.), and Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) will represent the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team, and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Olivia Knowles (Campbell River, B.C.) have been selected to represent Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team at the tournament.
Gophers associate head coach Joel Johnson continues as head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team, now in his third-straight season leading the squad.
The 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship is set for Jan. 7-14 in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic. The U.S. is set to play Russia (Jan. 7), Sweden (Jan. 8) and Canada (Jan. 10) in the preliminary round. Along with its match-up with the U.S., Canada opens the tournament against Sweden (Jan. 7) and faces Russia (Jan. 8). The bronze-medal and gold-medal games are on Saturday, Jan. 14.
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