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Nation's premier conference to be well-represented in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
WCHA Has 30 Current Or Former Players Competing At 2018 Four Nations Cup
Nation's premier conference to be well-represented in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 6, 2018 – Many of the world's hockey powers are in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this week for the 2018 Four Nations Cup, and the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will be well-represented, with 30 of its current or former players competing. The tournament, which features the United States, Finland, Sweden and host Canada, takes place from today (Nov. 6) through Nov. 10 and will be played at the SaskTel Centre.

"A large part of the WCHA's rich legacy is built upon our continued success on the international stage," said WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million. "We are again thrilled for our eight current student-athletes and 22 alumnae who have the opportunity to represent their countries at the 2018 Four Nations Cup. Watching these outstanding women compete is a wonderful way to continue celebrating 20 years of excellence."

The seven current WCHA student-athletes at the 2018 Four Nations Cup are the University of Minnesota's Kelly Pannek (Sr., F – USA); the University of Minnesota Duluth's Sydney Brodt (Jr., F – USA), Maddie Rooney (Jr., G – USA) and Emma Söderberg (Fr., G – SWE); St. Cloud State University's Jenniina Nylund (Fr., F – FIN) and Emma Polusny (So., G – USA); and, the University of Wisconsin's Mikaela Gardner (Sr., D – USA) and Annie Pankowski (Sr., F – USA). Additionally, Wisconsin senior and 2018 Olympian Emily Clark, along with Minnesota junior Sarah Potomak, both participated in Canada's Fall Festival but is unable to compete at the Four Nations Cup due to injury.

A full breakdown of WCHA participation, including league alumnae from Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, the University of North Dakota, Ohio State University and Wisconsin, is below:


United States of America (15)

Goaltenders (3)
*Emma Polusny, St. Cloud State
Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
*Maddie Rooney, G, Minnesota Duluth

Defensemen (3)
Megan Bozek, Minnesota
*Mikaela Gardner, Wisconsin
Sidney Morin, Minnesota Duluth

Forwards (9)
Hannah Brandt, Minnesota
*Sydney Brodt, Minnesota Duluth
Dani Cameranesi, Minnesota
Brianna Decker, Wisconsin
Amanda Kessel, Minnesota
Hilary Knight, Wisconsin
Gigi Marvin, Minnesota
*Annie Pankowski, Wisconsin
*Kelly Pannek, Minnesota


Canada (5)

Defensemen (2)
Jocelyne Larocque, Minnesota Duluth
Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota

Forwards (3)
Sarah Nurse, Wisconsin
Natalie Spooner, Ohio State
Blayre Turnbull, Wisconsin


Finland (7)

Goaltenders (2)
Noora Räty, Minnesota
Eveliina Suonpää, Minnesota Duluth

Defensemen (1)
Minnamari Tuominen, Ohio State

Forwards (4)
Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
Emma Nuutinen, North Dakota (Mercyhurst)
*Jenniina Nylund, St. Cloud State
Susanna Tapani, North Dakota


Sweden (3)

Goaltenders (1)
*Emma Söderberg, Minnesota Duluth

Defensemen (1)
Johanna Fällman, North Dakota

Forwards (1)
Pernilla Winberg, Minnesota Duluth


*denotes current WCHA student-athlete


Schedules, rosters, statistics, streaming links and more are available via the Hockey Canada website here.