Today we highlight four players from Boston College: Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer and Haley Skarupa. Along with Cayla Barnes, there are five B.C. Eagles on the roster of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Kali Flanagan (Burlington, Mass.) is making her first Olympic appearance on the blue line for Team USA. Flanagan made her National Team debut at last April’s IIHF Women’s World Championship before helping the U.S. win the 2017 Four Nations Cup. She has played three seasons at Boston College (2014-17), earning Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades in 2017. Flanagan was also part of the Eagles’ defense that set a new program record with 14 shutouts during the 2015-16 season.
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Always puts on her right skate first
Favorite Travel Destination
Hiking with friends, Mt. Monadnock, Diana's baths or anywhere in the Adirondacks with beautiful views
Finding Nemo, 50 First Dates
Defender Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) is also set for her Olympic debut after helping Team USA earn gold medals at the last three IIHF Women’s World Championships in addition to titles at the 2016 and 2017 Four Nations Cups. Keller spent the 2016-17 campaign at Boston College, where she won the Cammi Granato Award as the Hockey East’s top player after leading all NCAA defenders with 39 points. In her three seasons at B.C. (2014-17), Keller has twice been named a First Team All-American and has collected 115 points (26-89) in 113 collegiate contests.
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USA Hockey Role Model
Favorite TV Shows
New Girl, Shameless, Grey's Anatomy
Lone Survivor and Patriots Day
Must Have on Road Trip
Her gold cross necklace
Another blue-liner set for her Olympic debut, Emily Pfalzer (Buffalo, N.Y.) is a three-time world champion and has helped Team USA earn titles at the last three Four Nations Cups. Pfalzer netted her first-ever hat trick in international play in an 8-2 victory over Finland at the Four Nations Cup last November. She played four seasons at Boston College from 2011-15, and was named a First Team All-American and top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award during her senior year.
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First Memory of the Olympics
In fifth grade when she went to see the U.S. women's team play a game in Rochester, N.Y.
Olympic Role Model
Katie King Crowley and Courtney Kennedy
If She Wasn't Playing Hockey, She Would...
Be in medical or PA school following in her dad's footsteps
Favorite Place She Has Visited
Yosemite National Park
It's not how big you are, it's how big you play
Forward Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) is representing Team USA on the Olympic stage for the first time in South Korea. The lone Maryland native on the team, Skarupa is a three-time world champion in addition to helping Team USA win the 2016 Four Nations Cup. She played collegiately at Boston College from 2012-16, where she was twice named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Skarupa also earned Second Team All-American honors in 2016 and the Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 2013.
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Best Advice She's Been Given
Put all of your eggs in one basket. Always
Taping her stick, listening to music, soccer circle
Favorite Indulgent Dessert
Cookie dough or a brownie sundae with vanilla bean ice cream over a warm brownie with whipped cream and hot fudge and rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top.
Whiplash, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Water for Elephants, Slumdog Millionaire, Remember the Titans
Go-To Karaoke Song
Starships by Nicki Minaj