Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Badgers at the USA Women's National Festival

USA Hockey has announced the 64 players that will participate in the 2008 USA Women's National Festival in Lake Placid August 12-23. The Festival will include practices and intrasquad scrimmages - the full schedule is included in the linked announcement. The Hockey USA Website is having some glitches with its roster links, but luckily our friends at Beyond the Dashers are on the ball (no surprise!) and have posted the complete roster. BTD's roster is in Excel format, which is great, because you can sort it by player name or DOB, etc. (Thanks, BTD!)

* EDIT: the roster links in the official announcement (first link in this blog post) now work. (Thanks to Hux for the heads-up.) *

Team White will be comprised of the U22 Select Team that was previously announced. This team, of course, includes Badgers Meghan Duggan, Erika Lawler, and Hilary Knight. Team White will leave the Festival on August 18 to travel to Pierrefonds, Québec, where it will play a 3-game series against Canada's U22 team on Aug 20-23. (Canada's U22 team has not yet been named, but Badgers Brittany Haverstock, Mallory Deluce, Jasmine Giles, and Carolyne Prévost will competing for spots during the Selection Camp that runs August 12-19.)

* Speaking of Meghan Duggan, the today's Salem News has a great article on her. Props to DPlaya for finding this article. *

Team Blue will be comprised of the U18 Select Team which will be coached by Badger Mark Johnson. Hux was kind enough to post Team Blue's roster on the uscho fan forum. (Thanks, Hux!) Team Blue will face Canada's U18 team in a 3-game series in Lake Placid August 20-23.

Team Red will be comprised of over-22 players and players -- including 16 players from USA Hockey's Residency progam (post-collegiate players) and 3 collegiate players. I don't have a roster, but you can use BTD's full roster and sort by DOB. Of course, Badgers Jinelle Zaugg, Kerry Weiland, and Molly Engstrom were previously named to the residency progam. Looks like Zaugg will not be attending the Festival, which is not a huge surprise given that she is unable to join the residency until January. Badger Jessie Vetter is one of the 3 collegiate players who will be playing for Team Red. Team Red will continue to train in Lake Placid during the U18 series at the end of the Festival.