When USA Hockey convenes at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. for the 2015 Women's National Festival, 26 of the 83 invited players will be current or former student-athletes from the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
The festival, held from Aug. 11-16, is an annual USA Hockey 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 an Under-22 Select Team (rosters will be announced Aug. 17).
The 14 student-athletes who will head to New York before competing this season on WCHA ice are: Stephanie Anderson (Sr., F, Bemidji State), Sydney Baldwin (So., D, Minnesota), Hannah Brandt (Sr., F, Minnesota), Courtney Burke (Sr., D, Wisconsin), Dani Cameranesi (Jr., F, Minnesota), Gracen Hirschy (Jr., D, North Dakota), Milica McMillen (Sr., D, Minnesota), Amy Menke (Jr., F, North Dakota), Annie Pankowski (So., F, Wisconsin), Kelly Pannek (So., F, Minnesota), Cara Piazza (So., F, Minnesota), Jenny Ryan (Jr., D, Wisconsin), Lexie Shaw (Jr., G, Wisconsin) and Lee Stecklein (Jr., D, Minnesota).
A dozen former WCHA greats, including two from the class of 2015, will also participate in the festival: Wisconsin goaltenders Alex Rigsby and Jessie Vetter; defensemen Megan Bozek (Minnesota), Monique Lamoureux (North Dakota), Gigi Marvin (Minnesota) and Anne Schleper (Minnesota); and forwards Brianna Decker (Wisconsin), Meghan Duggan (Wisconsin), Zoe Hickel (Minnesota Duluth), Hilary Knight (Wisconsin), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (North Dakota) and Karley Sylvester (Wisconsin).
All practices and scrimmages associated with the 2015 USA Hockey Women's National Festival will be open to the public.