Wednesday afternoon USA Hockey announced the finalized roster participating in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships, which included a large number of NWHL players.
Of the 23-person roster, nine currently play in the NWHL, with the largest concentration of players coming from the Boston Pride, which is home to four: Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy and Amanda Pelkey.
Notably absent from the list of players is Gigi Marvin, a two-time silver medalist with Team USA in Olympic Games at Sochi and Vancouver and regular partner to Bellamy on the Pride. Though Marvin has had a strong season on the Pride, her unusually low points-production at the 2015 Four Nations Cup may have hurt her chances.
Also on the roster for 2016 are three Buffalo Beauts and two Connecticut Whale players; Emily Pfalzer, Meghan Duggan, Megan Bozek represent Buffalo while Kelli Stack and Shiann Darkangelo will take the ice for Connecticut. Darkangelo has been out the past four Whale games with an injury and will have a short amount of time to get back into playing shape for the upcoming IIHF tournament.
Also present are several NWHL draft picks from its 2015 Junior Draft: Michelle Picard of Harvard, Alex Carpenter of Boston College, Kendall Coyne of Northeastern as well as Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno, both of Boston College.
This tournament marks the sixth consecutive event for which head coach Ken Klee will be behind the bench for Team USA, and will be his second IIHF Women’s World Championship. Klee most recently served as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2015 Four Nations Cup in Sweden, leading the U.S. to an undefeated record of 4-0-0 with one win coming in overtime and earning Team USA a championship title.
Team USA will be joined by teams from Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Japan and the Czech Republic. The 2016 IIHF Women’s Worlds games will take place in Kamloops, Canada from Monday, March 28 to Monday, April 4 2016.