36 Current Or Former WCHA Players To Compete At 2016 Worlds
Nation's best college hockey conference to be well-represented in Kamloops, British Columbia
Nation's best college hockey conference to be well-represented in Kamloops, British Columbia

EDINA, Minn. – March 28, 2016 – The women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) – long a fixture on the international stage – will be represented by 36 current or former student-athletes at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships, beginning today (March 28) and running through April 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The 36 women with WCHA ties include representation from seven of the league's member institutions (University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, University of North Dakota, Ohio State University, St. Cloud State University and University of Wisconsin), competing for six different countries (United States of America, Canada, Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden). The eighth league school, Bemidji State University, had a current student-athlete on the initial U.S. roster; however, Stephanie Anderson will miss the competition following successful emergency surgery March 15 after suffering from appendicitis).

Eleven (11) current student-athletes played during the 2015-16 collegiate season: Annie Pankowski (Wisconsin) and Lee Stecklein (Minnesota) for the U.S.; Emily Clark (UW) and Halli Krzyzaniak (North Dakota) for Canada; Anna Kilponen (UND), Suvi Ollikainen (St. Cloud State) and Vilma Tanskanen (UND) for Finland; Lara Stalder (Minnesota Duluth) for Switzerland; and, Maria Lindh (UMD), Michelle Lowenhielm (UMD) and Caroline Markstrom (SCSU) for Sweden.

A full breakdown of WCHA participation, including the 25 league alumnae competing, is below. For more information on the 2016 IIHF World Championships, visit www.worldwomen2016.com/en/.

United States of America (Group A)

Goaltenders (2)
Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin

Defense (3)
Megan Bozek, Minnesota
Monique Lamoureux, North Dakota
*Lee Stecklein, Minnesota

Forwards (6)
Brianna Decker, Wisconsin
Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin
#Zoe Hickel, Minnesota Duluth
Hilary Knight, Wisconsin
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, North Dakota
*Annie Pankowski, Wisconsin

Canada (Group A)

Defense (4)
Jocelyne Laroque, Minnesota Duluth
Brigette Lacquette, Minnesota Duluth
*Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota
Meaghan Mikkelson, Wisconsin

Forwards (4)
Natalie Spooner, Ohio State
Sarah Davis, Minnesota
*Emily Clark, Wisconsin
Blayre Turnbull, Wisconsin

Finland (Group A)

Defense (3)
Mira Jalosuo, Minnesota
*Anna Kilponen, North Dakota
Minttu Tuominen, Ohio State

Forwards (3)
Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
*Suvi Ollikainen, St. Cloud State
*Vilma Tanskanen, North Dakota

Russia (Group A)

Forwards (2)
Iya Gavrilova, Minnesota Duluth
Alexandra Vafina, Minnesota Duluth

Switzerland (Group B)

Forwards (1)
*Lara Stalder, Minnesota Duluth

Sweden (Group B)

Defense (4)
Johanna Fallman, North Dakota
*Caroline Markstrom, St. Cloud State
Emilia (Andersson) Ramboldt, Minnesota State
Annie Svedin, Ohio State

Forwards (4)
Jenni Asserholt, Minnesota Duluth
*Maria Lindh, Minnesota Duluth
*Michelle Lowenhielm, Minnesota Duluth
Pernilla Winberg, Minnesota Duluth

* - Played in WCHA in 2015-16
# - Replaced Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State