Five Badgers named to 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Team
LAKE PLACID – Former Wisconsin women's hockey players Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, and Jessie Vetter along with incoming freshman Annie Pankowski were named to the 2013-14 United States Women's Hockey National Team Roster, USA Hockey announced Monday.
The five players with Wisconsin ties make up a fifth of the 25-player roster that will train together and participate in various competitions leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient, Decker finished her career ranked eighth all-time in the NCAA for career points with 244, seventh for career goals with 115 and 15th for career assists with 129. Internationally, Decker captained the U.S. Women's Under-22 National Team to a three-game sweep against Canada and helped the senior women's team claim gold at both the Four Nations Cup and Women's World Championship in 2013.
Duggan, one of the seven Badgers that played on the U.S. National Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, has appeared in five World Championships during her career. The winner of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, she tallied a school-record 87 points during the 2010-11 campaign as the Badgers captured their fourth NCAA championship. Duggan ranks second in school history with 130 assists and third with 108 goals and 238 points.
The all-time points leader in Wisconsin program history, Knight also suited up for the U.S. during the 2010 Winter Olympics as the youngest player on the national team. She tallied eight points during the Olympics with a goal against Finland and seven assists. Knight was a three-time AHCA Division I All-American during her collegiate career and her 47 goals in 2010-11 were the most in a single-season in school history.
Vetter, the starting goalie for the U.S. Olympic Squad in 2010, has appeared between the pipes for the national team in six World Championships, including the 2013 IIHF World Championship where the Red, White and Blue captured its fifth gold medal in seven years. The 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient, Vetter's 39 career shutouts ranks second in NCAA history, while her 91 triumphs is the third-best mark.
Pankowski is the second-youngest player to make the national squad, as the incoming freshman was named the 2013 Junior Women's Hockey League's Player of the Year after scoring 58 goals and 44 assists for 102 points while playing for the JWHL champion North American Hockey Academy. She is no stranger for playing for the United States, as she propelled the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship.
The U.S. Women's National Team will enter a residency program in September and will primarily train at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass.
The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which will feature a 21-person roster, will be announced in late December.
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