COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the 95 players that have been invited to the 2016 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which will take place August 8-14, at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. Included in that list are seven (7) Illinois women: Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Jesse Compher (Northbrook), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights), Alex Gulstene (Evanston), Nicole LaMantia (Wayne), Cara Piazza (Darien) and Taylor Willard (Naperville).
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 August 17-21 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park. The U.S. entries will feature an Under-18 Select Team and Under-22 Select Team.
Twenty-one members of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and 21 members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship will take part in the festival.
NOTES: All practices and scrimmages associated with the 2016 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival will be open to the public. Members of the media can register for a festival credential … The rosters for the U.S. Women’s Select Teams (U18 and U22) that will play Canada August 17-21 in Calgary, will be announced August 13. All six games in Calgary will be streamed live at FASTHockey.com.