COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 28 players that have been invited to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Winter Festival, Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary.
Of the 28 players attending the Winter Festival, 23 took part in the 2013 Under-18 Series vs. Canada, held Aug. 22-25 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
In addition, Sydney Baldwin (Shorewood/Minn.), Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.), Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), Kenzie Kent (Norwell, Mass.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.), Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa), Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) and Grace Zarecki (Chicago, Ill.) helped the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal this past January at the 2013 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.
NOTES: Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is serving as the general manager of Team USA at the 2014 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship ... Jeff Kampersal (Pennington, N.J.), head women's ice hockey coach at Princeton University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2013-14 season ... The assistant coaches are Courtney Kennedy (Somerville, Mass.), associate women's ice hockey coach at Boston College and Katie Lachapelle (Winthrop, Mass.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Boston University. The IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.