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Sixty-Nine Players Invited to 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival

08/04/2014, 4:15pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 69 players invited to the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 12-16, in Lake Placid, New York.

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.

Highlighting the roster for the Festival are four members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, including Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team -- Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.), Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.), Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.), Patricia Marshall (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Sophie Skarzynski (Wilmette, Ill.) -- are also on the Festival roster.

NOTES: The 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival will take place at the Lake Placid Olympic Center and all practices and scrimmages will be open to the public. The rosters for the U.S. Women's Select Teams (U18 and 22U) that will play Canada Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, will be announced on Aug. 17 ... The two teams will practice in Lake Placid on Aug. 17-18 prior to heading to Canada.

2014 Women's National Festival On-Ice Schedule

Date Event Location Time (ET)
Tues., Aug. 12 Practice - Team Red 1980 Rink 2-4:15 p.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 4-5:30 p.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 5:30-7 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 13 Practice - Team Blue 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team White 1980 Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White U.S. Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 7-9 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 14 Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 9:30-11 a.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 2-4 p.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red 1980 Rink 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 15 Practice - Team White 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red U.S. Rink 5:25-6:40 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 16 Practice - Team Blue 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 10-10:50 a.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red U.S. Rink 5:25-6:40 p.m.

2014 U.S. Women's Select Teams On-Ice Schedule

Date Event Location Time (ET)
Sun., Aug. 17 Practice - U18 Team 1980 Rink 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Practice - 22U Team 1980 Rink 3-5 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18 Practice - 22U Team 1980 Rink 8:30-10 a.m.
Practice - U18 Team U.S. Rink 10:10-11 a.m.
Scrimmage - 22U Team 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Scrimmage - U18 Team 1980 Rink 7-9:45 p.m.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 69 players have been invited to the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 12-16, in Lake Placid, New York.

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.

Highlighting the roster for the Festival are four members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, including Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team -- Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.), Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.), Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.), Patricia Marshall (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Sophie Skarzynski (Wilmette, Ill.) -- are also on the Festival roster.

NOTES: The 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival will take place at the Lake Placid Olympic Center and all practices and scrimmages will be open to the public. The rosters for the U.S. Women's Select Teams (U18 and 22U) that will play Canada Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, will be announced on Aug. 17 ... The two teams will practice in Lake Placid on Aug. 17-18 prior to heading to Canada.

2014 Women's National Festival On-Ice Schedule

Date Event Location Time (ET)
Tues., Aug. 12 Practice - Team Red 1980 Rink 2-4:15 p.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 4-5:30 p.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 5:30-7 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 13 Practice - Team Blue 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team White 1980 Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White U.S. Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 7-9 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 14 Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 9:30-11 a.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 2-4 p.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red 1980 Rink 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 15 Practice - Team White 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Blue U.S. Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red U.S. Rink 5:25-6:40 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 16 Practice - Team Blue 1980 Rink 8-8:50 a.m.
Practice - Team White U.S. Rink 9-9:50 a.m.
Practice - Team Red U.S. Rink 10-10:50 a.m.
Scrimmage - Blue vs. White 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage - Team Red U.S. Rink 5:25-6:40 p.m.

2014 U.S. Women's Select Teams On-Ice Schedule

Date Event Location Time (ET)
Sun., Aug. 17 Practice - U18 Team 1980 Rink 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Practice - 22U Team 1980 Rink 3-5 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18 Practice - 22U Team 1980 Rink 8:30-10 a.m.
Practice - U18 Team U.S. Rink 10:10-11 a.m.
Scrimmage - 22U Team 1980 Rink 4-6:45 p.m.
Scrimmage - U18 Team 1980 Rink 7-9:45 p.m.

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