After coming off of a successful rivalry series against Team Canada, Team USA is ready to compete for their sixth-straight gold medal at the 2020 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship. The event is taking place March 31 – April 10 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.
USA Hockey announced on February 25th the roster for the United States Women’s National Team that will head to the World Championships. The roster features members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association that you can see this weekend in Philadelphia as part of the Dream Gap Tour.
The US National Team will be coached by Bob Corkum , while Joel Johnson and Brian Pothier will be the assistant coaches. Bri McLaughlin-Bittle will serve as the goaltending coach.
Of the 23 players named to the roster, 18 of them were a part of the team that won Team USA’s fifth straight gold medal at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships. The group includes Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Alex Cavallini, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Emily Matheson, Kelly Pannek, Maddie Rooney, Hayley Scamurra, and Lee Stecklein. Of those 18 players, 13 of them won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In addition, the roster includes five players that will be making their debut at the Women’s World Hockey Championships. Britta Curl, Abby Roque, Grace Zumwinkle, Savannah Harmon, and goaltender Aerin Frankel will all be making their first appearances at the event.
The United States schedule is set for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships. All games will be broadcast live in the United States on NHL Network. The team will be preparing for the tournament by holding a training camp at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine from March 24-27.
The United States will have a target on their back. Winning the last five World Championships and won tournament nine times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) dating back to 2008 will do that to you.
Unlike the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championships, the women do not have a World Championship during the Olympic years (2010, 2014, 2018). The U.S. has a record of 77-5-6-8-1 in 97 games in the tournament, having outscored their opponents 634-139.