LAKE PLACID, NY - They came to Lake Placid with a lifetime of training and hockey dreams hanging in the balance.
Out of 41 players invited to take part in the U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp in Lake Placid, only 25 would be named to the 2014 USA Women's Hockey Olympic Team. It should come as no surprise that five of those 25 are either current or former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Named to the team were defensemen Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein, and forward Amanda Kessel.
Forwards Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux played for the U of M before transferring back to their native University of North Dakota.
Not making the final roster were forward Hannah Brandt and defenseman Milicia McMillen.
Of the 25 players selected, USA Hockey reports that 12 have previously represented the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games, including three-time Olympian Julie Chu. Members of the team range in age from 16-31, with Jincy Dunne the youngest player and Chu the oldest.
Ten members of Team USA played NCAA Division I women's ice hockey during the 2012-13 season, with eight participating in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Four of those eight players advanced to the Women's Frozen Four and three captured the national title as part of the University of Minnesota.
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