Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the United States at Sochi, including former Robert Morris goaltender Brianne McLaughlin.
The roster was announced Wednesday during the break between periods of the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
McLaughlin will make her second Olympic appearance. She was a member of the 2010 U.S. women’s national team that finished second at Vancouver. This will be the fifth time she has competed in a major international event. The goaltender won gold medals in the 2011 and 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championships and a silver in the 2012 competition.
Headlining the U.S. team is Amanda Kessel, the sister of Toronto’s Phil Kessel, who was named to the U.S. men’s team. She was the top scorer in the NCAA last season with 101 points and led Minnesota to the national championship.
“Today is an important day for our team and we’re thrilled to continue our journey toward Sochi,” said Katey Stone, who is on leave from her coaching job at Harvard to head Team USA. “We have a good blend of veterans and first-time Olympians and we’re excited about what lies ahead.”
The U.S. women’s team has seven defensemen, 11 forwards and three goaltenders. All 21 appeared in the World Championships, and 18 played for the American team that beat Canada for the gold medal in April in Ottawa.
The Americans and Canadians are the favorites to meet in the gold medal game Feb. 20.