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Amanda Pelkey replaces Amanda Kessel on U.S. Four Nations roster

Amanda Pelkey heads towards the play. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini
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NWHL Boston Pride forward and U.S. National Team player Amanda Pelkey stepped up to take the injured Amanda Kessel’s spot on Team USA for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Finland this November.

Kessel, who has been making her way back to Team USA after a debilitating concussion that put her life on hold after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, suffered a lower-body injury recently. She did not play in the NWHL’s New York Riveters’ most recent tilt against the Boston Pride. Asked during an intermission interview why Kessel was not rostered for the match, head coach Chad Wiseman cited her injury.

“It’s unfortunate that she (Kessel) was injured and is unable to participate but we have full confidence in Amanda (Pelkey) and know that she can contribute to the national team as she has at recent events,” said Reagan Carey, general manager of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“I’m pleased that we’ve built a strong player pool that is deep with talented players who can readily step in at the highest level without lessening our chances for success. We’ll continue to monitor Kessel’s progress and evaluate her status for upcoming camps and events.”

Kessel, who has been making her way back to Team USA after a debilitating concussion that put her life on hold after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, suffered a lower-body injury recently. She did not lay in the NWHL’s New York Riveters’ most recent tilt against the Boston Pride, with head coach Chad Wiseman citing her injury during an intermission interview.

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