Women’s hockey fest brings best to LP

LAKE PLACID — The USA Hockey Women’s National Festival will take place Monday through Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

The list of invited players ranges from multiple-time Olympians to the rising stars in the game at the 18U level.

“We’re excited to bring together this elite group of athletes to train, compete and ultimately help make each other better,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national teams for USA Hockey. “The Festival really showcases the tremendous efforts of those in our grassroots programs across the country as these players have now emerged from their time as youth players to some of the very best our many programs have produced.”

Million noted that along with serving as a training camp for its top-level players, the camp will also be utilized to choose both U18 and U22 Select Teams to compete against Canada in the annual U18 and U22 series. This year’s competition, a best-of-three series at each level, will take place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid from Aug. 14-17, and tickets are available to those games through the Olympic Center box office or online.

“It will be terrific to have our very top players back together as another season commences,” Million said. “To have them engage and train with our younger athletes who aspire to get to their level will certainly be very beneficial.”

Maura Crowell, head women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is serving as head coach for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team alongside assistant coaches Josh Sciba, head women’s hockey coach at Union College, Brianna Decker, member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team and Meredith Roth, associate head women’s ice hockey coach at the College of Holy Cross.

Joel Johnson, associate head coach for the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey program, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team alongside assistant coaches Courtney Kennedy, associate head women’s ice hockey coach at Boston College and Katie Lachapelle, associate head women’s ice hockey coach at the College of the Holy Cross

The final rosters for both the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team and U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team are expected to be announced Saturday, Aug. 10.

For the complete list of players and staff participating, along with the Festival schedule, go to teamusa.org.

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