ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Five current or former Gophers are on the roster for the women's hockey team that will represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
The list of Gophers that made the team includes Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Lee Stecklein, and Anne Schleper.
The team was announced Wednesday during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The team features recent college stars such as forward Amanda Kessel, the reigning NCAA player of the year at Minnesota, and Boston College's Alex Carpenter, whose father, Bobby, is a former NHL star, as well as veterans such as Julie Chu, 31, who made her fourth Olympic team and Jessie Vetter, the No. 1 goaltender during the 2010 Games.
Kessel has not played against international competition the past few months due to what's been called a lower-body injury, but coach Katey Stone has said Kessel will be ready for the Olympics.
There could be two sets of Sochi Siblings on the ice for Team USA: Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux will make their second trip to the Olympics, and Kessel, whose brother Phil could be named to the men's team, will make her Olympic debut. The Kessels would be the first brother-sister combo to compete in the same Winter Games for Team USA in ice hockey.
Phil, a forward for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, was part of the U.S. team that earned a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Amanda led Minnesota to an undefeated season and the NCAA title in 2013.
The team of 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders is led by Stone, the first female head coach of the U.S. team.
Defender Lisa Chesson, a member of the 2010 Olympic team who at 27 was the second-oldest player on the roster, and forward Annie Pankowski, who at 19 was the youngest player, were the team's final two cuts.
The U.S. won its first and only Olympic gold medal in 1998, the year the sport debuted at the Winter Games. Canada has taken gold in the past three Olympics, while the Americans have gone home with two silvers (2002, 2010) and a bronze (2006).
At the same time, the Americans have been successful on the sport's other major stage, winning four of the last five world championships. Every Olympic gold medal and every world championship in women's hockey history has been won by the two powerhouses.
The Americans will head to Sochi after finishing strong in a seven-game series vs. Canada. After dropping the first three games, the Americans won the final four December meetings. Two of the games featured brawls, an indication of the intensity of the series. Canada also has dealt with coach Dan Church's unexpected resignation in mid-December. Longtime NHL player and former Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen took over Dec. 17.
Team USA will next play Feb. 8 against Finland in its first game in Sochi. The Americans lost to Finland the last time the two nations played, at the Four Nations Cup in November.
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