Monday, June 22, 2009

A bit about this month's US Women's evaluation camp

(Kerry Weiland takes her turn on the treadmill during a fitness test. Photo from usahockey.com.)

We previously posted that 9 players with Badger ties (Engstrom, Weiland, Zaugg, Lawler, Duggan, Vetter, Knight, Decker, Gunn) participated in the USA Hockey Women's National Performance Camp earlier this month (June 8-13). But I neglected to link a couple of articles about the camp.

The first article is the official announcement for the camp which briefly describes the camp. The second article, which is pretty interesting, talks about the intense competition at the camp.

The next upcoming event is the August 18-23 Olympic Tryout Camp in Blaine Minnesota. Approximately 32-36 players will be invited to the camp, and the 23-player 2009-10 US Women's National Team roster will be named at the end of the camp. The roster will be pared down to 21 players for the Olympic roster in early January.

Shortly after the Tryout Camp,the team will play in the National Women's Invitational Tournament (Aug 26 - Sept 6, Vancouver), a test event for the 2010 Olympic Games. The Qwest Tour starts Sept 25 and runs through Feb 4.

In addition to the National Women's Invitational and the Qwest Tour, the team will also play in the Four Nations Cup (Nov 2 -8) in Finland.