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USA Hockey announces 2022 women’s Olympic roster

USA Hockey announces 2022 women’s Olympic roster
Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 10:48:47-05

The U.S. women's hockey roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics is here.

USA Hockey revealed the roster during the second intermission of Saturday night's NHL Winter Classic matchup between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. The official roster is as follows:

Forwards

Abbey Murphy
Abby Roque
Alex Carpenter
Amanda Kessel
Brianna Decker
Dani Cameranesi
Grace Zumwinkle
Hannah Brandt
Hayley Scamurra
Hilary Knight
Jesse Compher
Kelly Pannek
Kendall Coyne Schofield

Defense

Caroline Harvey
Cayla Barnes
Jincy Dunne
Lee Stecklein
Megan Bozek
Megan Keller
Savannah Harmon

Goalies

Alex Cavallini
Maddie Rooney
Nicole Hensley

"We've worked through a comprehensive evaluation process that has led us to this 23-player roster," women's Olympic head coach Joel Johnson said. "This team has great veteran leadership, in combination with an infusion of younger talent. The skill, focus and energy they bring to the ice will serve us well as we head to Beijing with our sights set on bringing home gold."

Of the players selected to this year's roster, 13 served as key contributors for the U.S. during their gold medal-winning run at the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018 — Barnes, Brandt, Cameranesi, Cavallini, Coyne Schofield, Decker, Hensley, Keller, Kessel, Knight, Pannek, Rooney and Stecklein. Rooney, of course, made the game-winning shootout save against Canada to win the U.S. women their first Olympic title since 1998.

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Several names on the 2022 Olympic roster immediately jump out. Knight, 32, is a three-time Olympic medalist and will compete in her fourth Olympics this coming February. She's won gold a whopping eight times at the World Championships, alongside a trio of silver medals at the Worlds. Meanwhile, Coyne Schofield, Decker, Kessel and Stecklein will all be making their third Olympic appearance.

Roque, set to make her Olympic debut, serves as one of Team USA's top newcomers. The 24-year-old helped guide the University of Wisconsin to a national championship in 2019 and finished her collegiate career with 56 goals and 170 points in 155 games. Dunne will also be a first-time Olympian. Dunne captained Ohio State University's squad for two years and logged 17 goals and 99 total points in 147 games as a Buckeye.

The U.S. women are scheduled to play their first game at the Olympics on February 3 against Finland at 8:10 a.m. ET.