USA Hockey announced today the roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, March 28 to April 4, at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British, Columbia.
Eighteen of the 23 players on the roster were on the team that helped the U.S. earn the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship. The roster also features 13 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Those players are Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.), Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.).
The 23 players represent 13 different states. Massachusetts leads the pack with four representatives followed by Wisconsin with three, while Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and North Dakota have two. California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Ohio, and Vermont all have one representative. For a complete roster, click here.
NOTES: Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2016 U.S. Women's National Team. Ken Klee (Denver, Colo.) will serve as the head coach of the 2016 U.S. Women's National Team at the IIHF Women's World Championship. He will be assisted by Brett Strot (Tampa, Fla.) and Chris Tamer (Dexter, Mich.) ... The U.S. is the defending champion and has played Canada in the gold medal game in all 16 of the previous events, capturing the event's top prize a total of six times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), including five of the last six tournaments. Team USA is 63-2-6-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 80 career games and has outscored their opponents 535-123.
At USA Hockey, we strongly believe loyalty should be rewarded, especially those who have worked so hard and so attentively in our USA Hockey officiating program. It’s why we are excited to announce and implement our new Tenured Official Program.
Through the program, we will recognize those officials who are committed to being the best hockey official they can be. We will use incentives that encourage officials to view officiating with USA Hockey as a desirable long-term commitment. The first group of tenured officials will be established during the 2019-20 season after attendance at our first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium, scheduled for July 26-28, 2019, in Minneapolis (registration for the symposium will open soon).
Officials who have registered as either a Level 3 or Level 4 for the past three seasons (including 2018-19) will be eligible to attend the symposium and will become our first class of tenured officials. Officials who are Level 3 for the 2018-19 season and obtain tenured status would be considered Level 3 tenured while those who were complete at Level 4 would be considered Level 4 tenured officials. An official who has obtained Level 3 tenured status may advance to Level 4 tenured status by successfully completing all Level 4 requirements for one season.
Level 3 or 4 tenured status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season. USA Hockey’s national tournament eligibility and assignment guidelines would apply to tenured officials as they do to normal registration levels.
Officials applying for tenured status will be required to attend a USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium. There will be one such symposium conducted each season with locations rotating around the country. The symposium will start Friday afternoon and run through Sunday morning and will include guest speakers from the NHL, IIHF, NCAA, and other facets of sports officiating relevant to the game of hockey.
The primary objectives of the symposium will be to:
Officials applying for the Advanced Officiating Symposium are responsible for symposium fee, travel and accommodations.
Tenured official annual registration requirements
Level 3 or 4 tenured status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season.
Information on the Tenured Official Program and USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium can be found on the Tenured Officials page of USAHockey.com. Registration for the first symposium will open in the coming weeks. Space may be limited, so take advantage of the early registration special for a discounted fee.
We look forward to your participation in this exciting new program and also to seeing you at the 2019 USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium.