BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 13, 2019 – Twenty-one current and former Western Collegiate Hockey Association stars are among the 46 combined players named to the USA Hockey and Hockey Canada national team rosters for the opening two contests of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series. Fourteen current and former WCHA players are on the 23-woman U.S. roster while seven former league players dot Canada's 23-player list.
The opening game of this year's series will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and will air live on NBC Sports at 7 p.m. ET. Game two will be played Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, N.B., and will be shown live on the NHL Network at 6;30 p.m. ET. The final three games of the five-game set will be played Feb. 3, 2020 in Victoria, B.C., Feb. 5, 2020 in Vancouver, B.C.; and Feb. 8, 2020 in Anaheim, Calif.
"All of us at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association are excited to see so many current and former WCHA stars representing the United States and Canada in this year's Rivalry Series," Women's League Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. "This speaks to the depth and reach of the WCHA and we look forward to watching all of them compete on an international stage in the coming weeks."
The U.S. WCHA contingent includes six players who are playing in the WCHA this season – Bemidji State's Clair DeGeorge; Minnesota Duluth's Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney; and Wisconsin's Natalie Buchbinder, Britta Curl and Abby Roque.
The American group also includes eight former WCHA players – Megan Bozek (Minnesota), Dani Cameranesi (Minnesota), Alex Cavallini (Wisconsin), Amanda Kessel (Minnesota), Hilary Knight (Wisconsin), Annie Pankowski (Wisconsin), Kelly Pannek (Minnesota) and Lee Stecklein (Minnesota).
Canada's roster includes seven league alumnae – Emily Clark (Wisconsin), Ann-Renée Desbiens (Wisconsin), Jocelyne Larocque (Minnesota Duluth), Meaghan Mikkelson (Wisconsin), Sarah Nurse (Wisconsin), Natalie Spooner (Ohio State) and Blayre Turnbull (Wisconsin).
The United States coaching and support staff will also have a decided WCHA flavor as Minnesota associate head coach Joel Johnson will serve as an assistant coach while Minnesota Duluth Director of Hockey Operations Nick Bryant (Hockey Operations), Wisconsin Director of Operations Sis Paulson (Equipment Manager), Minnesota Equipment Manager Brent Proulx (Equipment Manager) and Minnesota Strength and Conditioning Coach Cal Dietz (Strength and Conditioning Head Coach) will be members of the support staff. Additionally, former WCHA Women's League Commissioner Katie Million serves as USA Hockey's Director of Women's National Team Programs.
|2019 USA Hockey December Women's National Team Roster- WCHA Players|
|Megan Bozek||D||Minnesota||Buffalo Grove, Ill.|
|Sydney Brodt*||F||Minnesota Duluth||North Oaks, Minn.|
|Natalie Buchbinder*||D||Wisconsin||Fairport, N.Y.|
|Dani Cameranesi||F||Minnesota||Plymouth, Minn.|
|Alex Cavallini||G||Wisconsin||Delafield, Wis.|
|Britta Curl*||F||Wisconsin||Bismarck, N.D.|
|Clair DeGeorge*||F||Bemidji State||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Amanda Kessel||F||Minnesota||Madison, Wis.|
|Hilary Knight||F||Wisconsin||Sun Valley, Idaho|
|Annie Pankowski||F||Wisconsin||Laguna Hills, Calif.|
|Kelly Pannek||F||Minnesota||Plymouth, Minn.|
|Maddie Rooney*||G||Minnesota Duluth||Andover, Minn.|
|Abby Roque*||F||Wisconsin||Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.|
|Lee Stecklein||D||Minnesota||Roseville, Minn.|
2019 Hockey Canada December Women's National Team Roster- WCHA Players
|Emily Clark||F||Wisconsin||Saskatoon, Sask.|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens||G||Wisconsin||La Malbaie, Que.|
|Jocelyne Larocque||D||Minnesota Duluth||Ste. Anne, Man.|
|Meaghan Mikkelson||D||Wisconsin||St. Albert, Alta.|
|Sarah Nurse||F||Wisconsin||Hamilton, Ont.|
|Natalie Spooner||F||Ohio State||Scarborough, Ont.|
|Blayre Turnbull||F||Wisconsin||Stellarton, N.S.|
|*- Current WCHA player|