Eleven Gophers Selected for USA Camp

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Women’s Hockey | 10/16/2020 12:00:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — Seven current Gophers and four University of Minnesota alumnae are among the participants for an upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp, USA Hockey announced Friday. In total, 53 players have been invited to the USA Hockey camp set for Oct. 25-31 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Emily Brown, Taylor Heise, Abbey Murphy, Maggie Nicholson, Gracie Ostertag, Madeline Wethington, and Grace Zumwinkle will join Minnesota alums and Olympic gold medalists Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Amanda Kessel, and Lee Stecklein at the camp, which is part of the evaluation process in selecting the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship set for April 7-17, in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

“We are excited to get our top players together as we prepare for the upcoming season and head toward the 2022 Olympics,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs for USA Hockey. “We look forward to being in Blaine and ultimately the culmination of this season ahead in the world championship.”

Along with over 20% of the 53 invited players having ties to the University of Minnesota, three Gopher staff members are part of the USA camp roster. Gophers associate head coach Joel Johnson is an assistant coach, and Minnesota equipment manager Brent Proulx and Minnesota strength and conditioning coach Cal Dietz are serving the U.S. team in the same capacities.

Due to safety protocols, the camp will be closed to the public, including fans, scouts and media.

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