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Nine Badgers to partake in U.S. National Team Selection Camp



MADISON  -- Nine University of Wisconsin women's hockey players are among 41 players that will participate in the U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 17-23.
Of the nine invited, three played for the Badgers last season, including freshman Courtney Burke, senior Brianna Deckerand junior Alex Rigsby. Five of the nine are former Badgers, Brooke Ammerman (2012), Meghan Duggan (2011), Hilary Knight (2012), Erika Lawler (2009) and Jessie Vetter (2009). The last Badger invited is incoming freshman Annie Pankowski, who recently finished her prep career with North American Hockey Academy.
Decker, Duggan, Knight, Rigsby and Vetter were all members of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in Ottawa, Ontario this past April. Lawler has also spent time on the national team, including participating in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games with Duggan, Knight and Vetter.
Of the four goaltenders invited to the camp, two of them have Wisconsin ties in Vetter and Rigsby. The pair rank in the top three in every Wisconsin career goaltending statistic, including saves, save percent, wins, goals against average, shutouts, games played, minutes played and points by a goaltender.
Burke is one of 12 defensemen participating in the camp. The freshman was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team after leading both Wisconsin freshmen and defensemen with 23 points last season. Burke has skated in a number of camps with the senior women's squad as she participated in both the 2012 winter and summer training camps in Blaine, Minn.
Ammerman, Decker, Duggan, Knight, Lawler and Pankowski represent six of the 25 forwards that will compete in the camp. Ammerman, Decker, Duggan, Knight and Lawler rank in the Wisconsin top-10 in career points, goals, assists, shots, plus/minus and are all members of the 100 career points club. Pankowski, an incoming freshman, is no stranger to international competition as she skated with the national team at the summer training camp last year.  She has also been a part of the under-18 national team for the past three years.
The camp will comprise of daily practices, off-ice training as well as four intrasquad scrimmages. It will be used to determine the U.S. roster that will train together and take part in various competitions leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The roster for the U.S. Women's National Team will be announced on June 24. The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team roster will be unveiled in late December.


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