USA Hockey announces women's Olympic roster
For the first time, the U.S. Olympic women's hockey roster will have no ties to its 1998 team that won gold in the sport's Olympic debut.
Forward Julie Chu is the only player named to the 21-player squad who competed at either the 2002 or the 2006 Olympics. Chu, 31, is also the only player on the team born before 1985.
In addition to Chu, the team is led by forwards Meghan Duggan (the team captain) and Amanda Kessel, the reigning NCAA Player of the Year who scored the gold medal-winning goal in overtime against Canada at the World Championships in April.
Kessel, the sister of NHL All-Star Phil Kessel, hasn't played a single minute of the U.S.' seven games against Canada this fall and winter due to a lower-body injury. The U.S. took the series, 4-3, winning the final four games after the shock resignation of Canadian coach Dan Church on Dec. 12.
The same three goalies from the 2010 Olympics return, led by Jessie Vetter, who started the gold-medal game at the 2010 Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.
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The final two cuts were 2010 Olympic defenseman Lisa Chesson and forward Anne Pankowski. Defenseman Jincy Dunne, 16, was cut in December, ending her bid to be the youngest U.S. Olympic women's hockey player ever.
The U.S. is coached by Harvard's Katey Stone. Stone is set to be the first female coach of the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team.
The average age of the U.S. team is a little over 23 years old, which is almost three years younger than Canada's average age for its team named Dec. 23. The U.S., reigning world champion, and Canada, three-time reigning Olympic champion, are expected to play in the gold-medal game Feb. 20.
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The U.S. opens its Olympic schedule against Finland on Feb. 8, the day after the Opening Ceremony. Finland, backed by goalie Noora Raty, beat the U.S. at the Four Nations Cup on Nov. 8.
It will play Canada in a preliminary game Feb. 12.
The top four ranked teams in the world were put in the same preliminary group -- Canada, the U.S., Finland and Switzerland -- with all four guaranteed to advance to the playoff round. The top two teams in that group get byes into opposite semifinals.
Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter were the last links to 1998 who played in the 2010 Olympics. They have since retired.
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Here's the full U.S. roster:
Julie Chu -- 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian
Meghan Duggan -- 2010 Olympian
Hilary Knight -- 2010 Olympian
Jocelyne Lamoureux -- 2010 Olympian
Monique Lamoureux -- 2010 Olympian
Kelli Stack -- 2010 Olympian
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