USA Hockey announced today the roster and schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup, Nov. 4-8, at Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia. Included on that roster are 3 Illinois Natives: Kendall Coyne of Palos Heights, Megan Bozek of Buffalo Grove, and Molly Schaus, formerly of Naperville.
The 23-player roster features 12 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Those players are Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.), Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.). These players and Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) competed for the U.S. in the 2013 Four Nations Cup.
The 23 players represent 13 different states. Massachusetts and Minnesota lead the pack with four representatives each, while New York, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin have two. California, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Vermont all have one representative.