Beginning Friday (Dec. 28), a total of 23 players will begin pre-tournament camp in Los Angeles in preparation for the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship, set to take place Jan. 6-13, in Obihiro, Japan.
The U.S. pre-tournament camp will be held Dec. 28-Jan. 1 at Toyota Sports Center (555 N Nash St, El Segundo, CA), and all practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public.
For the full camp schedule, please click here.
Team USA has captured an unprecedented four straight gold medals at the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship since the 2015 tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. Over that span, the U.S. has gone 14-5-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T).
Since the tournament's inception in 2008, Team USA has placed first seven times and finished second four times.
The U.S. roster includes 12 forwards, eight defenders and three goaltenders that represent 15 different states. Minnesota leads the pack with five representatives, followed by New York (4) and Michigan (2). In addition, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas each have one.
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The U.S. roster features nine players that helped the U.S. earn gold at last year’s IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia, including Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas), Hadley Hartmetz (Phoenixville, Pa.), Katy Knoll (Amherst, N.Y.), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.), Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka, Minn.), Casey O'Brien (Milton, Mass.), Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), Sydney Shearen (Hugo, Minn.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.). Eighteen players also participated in the 2018 Under-18 Series vs. Canada last August in Calgary, Alberta.
NOTES: Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.) will serve as head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team with assistant coaches Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich.), head women's ice hockey coach at Union College ... The IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship will be played for the 12th time in 2019 and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA, the four-time reigning world champion, captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team has taken home the silver medal in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.