COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player U.S. Women's National University Team roster, as well as six alternates, for the upcoming 2011 Winter World University Games that will take place Jan. 27-Feb. 6 in Erzurum, Turkey. This marks the first time that the U.S. will be sending a women's team to the biannual event.
The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
"It's pretty exciting to be a part of the first U.S. women's team at this event," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the U.S. Women's National University Team. "I think our expectations after the tryout are pretty high. We have a diverse group of players who create synergy as a team."
Seven seniors highlight the U.S. roster, including defensemen Shea Crawford (Selbyville, Del./Lindenwood University) and Christina Young (Stafford, Va./Michigan State Univ.); forwards Tiffany Juha (Cape Coral, Fla./California University of Pennsylvania), Emily Nelson (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan), Terra Payne (Gaylord, Mich./Michigan State University) and Ashley Rumsey (West Olive, Mich./Grand Valley State University); and goaltender Heather Rossi (Kunkletown, Pa./Penn State University).
A full roster can be found here.
NOTES: Eleven different states are represented on the U.S. roster, with seven players coming from Michigan. Other states represented include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia ... Lindenwood University leads all schools with five representatives, while Michigan State University and Penn State University each have four players on the U.S. roster and Grand Valley State University and Robert Morris University Illinois have three ... All members of the U.S. Women's National University Team were selected following the USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp Aug. 6-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... Mo Stroemel (State College, Pa.), who is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State University Lady Icers, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team ...Vince O'Mara (St. Louis, Mo.), head coach of the Lindenwood University women's ice hockey team, and Cory Whitaker (Caldedonia, Mich.), head coach of the Grand Valley State University women's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA ... For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.