EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 24, 2016 – When the United States begins defense of its gold medal next month at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship, it will do so with 11 current and former student-athletes from the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). USA Hockey announced its 23-player roster earlier today for the tournament, which will be held March 28 to April 4 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Current WCHA players Annie Pankowski (So., F, Wisconsin) and Lee Stecklein (Jr., D, Minnesota) – both of whom won gold at the 2015 World Championships in Malmo, Sweden – are back for a shot at a second-consecutive title.
That trio will be joined by nine WCHA alumni. Former Wisconsin star netminders Alex Rigsby and Jessie Vetter are back in the U.S. net, while Megan Bozek (Minnesota) and Monique Lamoureux (North Dakota) are part of the blue-line corps. A Badger trio of Brianna Decker (the 2015 USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year), Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight are up front, along with former North Dakota standout Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Minnesota Duluth playmaker Zoe Hickel (replacing Bemidji State senior Stephanie Anderson, who had successful emergency surgery March 15 after suffering from appendicitis).
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