USA Hockey announced today the 83 players that have been invited to the 2015 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which will take place Aug. 11-16, at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. Congratulations to Illinois natives Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights), Nicole LaMantia (Wayne), Cara Piazza (Darien), Andrea Renner (Lake Barrington) and Caitlin Schneider (Glenview).
The festival is an annual training session that will also be used to select two 22-player rosters for a pair of series against Canada held simultaneously from Aug. 19-23 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The U.S. entries will feature an Under-18 Select Team and Under-22 Select Team.
Twenty-two members of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and nine members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship will take part in the festival. A complete roster (28 defensemen, 45 forwards and 10 goaltenders), staff listing and schedule are available here.
NOTES: All practices and scrimmages associated with the 2015 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival will be open to the public. As part of the the 2015 IIHF High Performance Camp, an Under-18 Team with players and staff from six nations (Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia) will train with the U.S. U18 players during the festival and compete against them in scrimmages. The rosters for the U.S. Women’s Select Teams (U18 and U22) that will play Canada Aug. 19-23 in Lake Placid, will be announced Aug. 17. All six games will be streamed live at FASTHockey.com.