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    Roster Announced for 2021 U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp
    Camp part of preparations for 2022 Olympic Winter Games

    "USA Hockey announced today the 40 players (24 forwards, 12 defenders, four goaltenders) invited to its 2021 U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp, June 1-6 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The camp will be utilized to assist in selecting the 28 players who will train together as part of a residency program anticipated to commence in October in Blaine as part of preparations for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games."

    The full camp roster can be viewed here: https://teamusa.usahockey.com/page/s...on-camp-roster





    Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey

  • #2
    12 Badgers (not to mention the 6 Badgers on Canada's selection team) and 10 Gophers making up the 40 player US roster. Pretty easy to tell which programs are the cream of college hockey.
    Last edited by Bonzo; 05-21-2021, 02:56 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bonzo View Post
      12 Badgers (not to mention the 6 Badgers on Canada's selection team) and 10 Gophers making up the 40 player US roster. Pretty easy to tell which programs are the cream of college hockey.
      I have such mixed feelings about seeing Pankowski's name there. Twice she "centralized" with the team for the full year, and twice she was cut from the Olympic team. And now she's two years (I think it is) into her training to become a veterinarian. Does she really want to put that on hold? Does she really want to centralize again, even with the risk of being disappointed again? Should I root for her to be selected? For her to NOT be selected? The perseverance is admirable. But, jeez...

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      • #4
        I had a few mixed feelings of my own when finding Liz Schepers' name on the list:

        90% Immense Pride
        10% Well Crud; Does This Mean She Won't Be A Buckeye in 2021-22? (Presumably Yes)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by robertearle View Post

          I have such mixed feelings about seeing Pankowski's name there. Twice she "centralized" with the team for the full year, and twice she was cut from the Olympic team. And now she's two years (I think it is) into her training to become a veterinarian. Does she really want to put that on hold? Does she really want to centralize again, even with the risk of being disappointed again? Should I root for her to be selected? For her to NOT be selected? The perseverance is admirable. But, jeez...
          As a Gopher fan, I always heaved a sigh of relief when we survived a game against Pankowski. When she did appear on the big stage, she was exceptional. I would love to see her play for the US in the Olympics.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by robertearle View Post
            I have such mixed feelings about seeing Pankowski's name there. Twice she "centralized" with the team for the full year, and twice she was cut from the Olympic team. And now she's two years (I think it is) into her training to become a veterinarian. Does she really want to put that on hold? Does she really want to centralize again, even with the risk of being disappointed again? Should I root for her to be selected? For her to NOT be selected? The perseverance is admirable. But, jeez...
            I really think they could have a camp, pick all the players, then centralize. Maybe make it 2 weeks instead if less than 1. You tell some players they are the first/second/etc. alternates and are on call if someone gets hurt. The alternates don't need to be in camp the whole time. They are alternates for a reason, they won't play much anyway if they get the call, so if they miss months of centralization, it's not a big deal. They know the systems and could acclimate very quickly if the call comes. From a WI standpoint Webster and O'Brien are not ready at this point. Curl is closer than Eden. Locks are Brandt, Cameranesi, Carpenter, Schoefield, Decker, Kessel, Knight, Pannek, Roque, Scamurra?

            On D Barnes, Bozek, Keller and Stecklein are locks, right? WI connections....LaMantia has some offensive instincts. Buchbinder is as defensive D as they come. Watts style will they want there? I don't know enough about the rest to comment.

            How big of a roster can they bring to the Olympics?

            I like that the seems to have an open mind to youth or international inexperience while it seems Canada has very close minded.
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            • #7
              I think it’s a 23 person roster for the Olympics and 25 for Worlds. USA website says they are going to name an updated roster for worlds. With Bellamy retiring and new head coach, there may be some changes. Will it be as straight forward as adding one D, or will there be more changes, is unknown.

              Joel Johnson knows as well as anyone what Pankowski can do. Coaching change might help her. With Harvey being so young, do you keep her, or add two slightly more experienced D for Worlds? Will we see more Minneosta influence with a Minnesota head coach? My gut says no change for now except adding a
              D to replace Bellamy.

              I’ve been thinking about the Canada situation, and trying to give to give them the benefit of the doubt. However, with last tourney win being the 2014 Four Nations, it’s nuts to not centralize Gabel and probably at least one of Watts or Giguere. There was an article in the Athletic quoting Kingsbury as saying Rebecca Johnson hasn’t hit her ceiling yet. She’s 31, coming off a gruesome (Kingsburys words) Achilles’ tendon injury, and didn’t make the 2020 worlds roster. But now she’s back to centralizing. Not many points in the several US Canada games over the last quad. She’s awesome, I get it, but at what point does Canada move on from its older players? Gabel proved herself post college at the International level but not on the roster.

              Then you look at the college point production of several, not one or two, but several of Canada’s forwards and it just doesn’t compare with players who didn’t make the centralized roster.

              This is the group that Canada believes they can win gold with and they may very well do so, but looking at the roster it is hard to say Canada takes its very best players.

              Canada also named another assistant coach for the Olympics who has no prior experience with women’s hockey. It is just mind boggling this continues to happen.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by robertearle View Post

                I have such mixed feelings about seeing Pankowski's name there. Twice she "centralized" with the team for the full year, and twice she was cut from the Olympic team. And now she's two years (I think it is) into her training to become a veterinarian. Does she really want to put that on hold? Does she really want to centralize again, even with the risk of being disappointed again? Should I root for her to be selected? For her to NOT be selected? The perseverance is admirable. But, jeez...
                Oh c'mon. Pankowski has the rest of her life to be a vet, and this maybe last chance to play in the Olympics. I'm rooting for her all the way. She deserves it.

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                • #9
                  I think that having Johnson as coach would increase the likelihood that Jincy Dunne makes the Worlds roster. She was a key contributor on his U-18 teams and he has had to try to coach against her four four years. Some of the veterans may have shot themselves in the foot a bit, with that traveling exhibition thingy. That couldn't have been the best platform for staying game ready, which admittedly, was a problem for just about everyone during the pandemic.
                  "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                  And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ARM View Post
                    I think that having Johnson as coach would increase the likelihood that Jincy Dunne makes the Worlds roster. She was a key contributor on his U-18 teams and he has had to try to coach against her four four years. Some of the veterans may have shot themselves in the foot a bit, with that traveling exhibition thingy. That couldn't have been the best platform for staying game ready, which admittedly, was a problem for just about everyone during the pandemic.

                    Wasn’t Dunne part of the traveling exhibition? Are you referring to PWHPA?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lindsay View Post
                      Wasn’t Dunne part of the traveling exhibition? Are you referring to PWHPA?
                      Probably, I don't know. I should have broken my post into two separate paragraphs because I intended them as separate thoughts, not focused on Dunne throughout. And yes, I'm referring to whatever the non-NWHL is called. I don't expect it to be around long enough for me to bother learning its name.

                      "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                      And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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                      • #12
                        https://teamusa.usahockey.com/news_article/show/1167358

                        USA will inform players of 28 person centralizing roster tomorrow, at the end of their current camp. Worlds roster of 25 will be
                        picked from centralization roster.

                        Centralization will be in Blaine Minnesota, switching it up from Florida in 2018 and Boston in 2014... perhaps the Olympic coaching staff will have strong Minnesotan/Midwest presence.

                        Appears the Corkum resignation and worlds deferral has resulted in a revamped coaching staff. Most recent camp coaches: Joel Johnson, Jenny Potter, Natalie Darwitz, Brianne McLaughlin, Courtney Kennedy, Mark Johnson, John Harrington.

                        I assume this means Alli Altmann, Allison Coomey and Brian Pothier will not be coaching at Worlds as previously scheduled?

                        Worlds are happening in Calgary! No positive Covid tests at the most recent PW event there.






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                        • #13
                          Bumping this in case USA Hockey releases their centralization roster today like their website says they are going to

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                          • #14
                            https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...=1000527837991

                            Hilary Knight was the most recent guest on Cammi Granato and AJ Mleczko's podcast. A fun listen. Not linked but there is also a Katie King and Courtney Kennedy episode that is a great listen as well, about as college hockey focused as the show has gotten thus far.

                            Somewhat related, I have to do a long rant. USA Hockey's website said they were going to release their centralization roster at end of June. We are now at July 5 and nothing. Why? If expectations changed, at the very least wouldn't you communicate a new expected release date? I know we're talking about the inclusion or exclusion of possibly just 4 names (Bellamy's spot plus 3 more for centralization) but this is what sports fandom is. How many hours get spent anticipating free agency or the draft on the NHL side? Countless hours. So let us have our fun on the women's side....release a centralization roster USA Hockey!

                            One of the things I've noticed in the past two Hilary Knight interviews I've listened to (On the Bus, and also a Forbes podcast), is that she appears to be done talking about USA Hockey and their failures that resulted in the threatened boycott in 2017. Makes sense I suppose because ultimately to move the game forward the governing bodies need to be part of the solution and it will take players and governing bodies working together. For one party to constantly be talking about the failures of the past is understandably counterproductive at a certain point, especially given staff turnover at USA Hockey since that time. I look at the relationship between the USWNT for soccer and their governing body - lawsuits, documentaries, turning jerseys inside out, long threads online of each group shredding the other and can't think of anything more dysfunctional. I do not want women's hockey to go down that path, because it looks like the most painful and exhausting path to progress.

                            That said - if USA Hockey continues to fail the women (as US Soccer is perceived to have done to their national team), how can the sport move past the adversarial relationship? Releasing a centralization roster around the date that you said you were going to seems like a pretty low level of effort to expend for one of your most valuable properties. And as someone who spends clicks and money on this program, aka a fan, it's such a slap in the face at certain point. This insular culture sucks. It's also a slap in the face to the few dedicated media that cover the women's game. What if you are a freelancer that covers the women's game and expect a roster end of June so pitch a late June article to a publication? Then crickets, and guess what now it's July and the focus is on the summer Olympics.

                            The last time we got to see the Senior Women's National Team in hockey, what did they do? They broke a record for attendance at a US based women's hockey game, when they played at the Honda Center in front of more than 13,000 fans. They entertained till the last second winning in OT, a 4-3 decision over Canada. Hometown girl Annie Pankowski got a point in the game. Face of the game Hilary Knight scored a goal. What more do these women need to do for the powers that be to put some respect on this program?

                            Very disappointing to see this. Get on board or get out of the way USA Hockey, as the saying goes. You have the resources to communicate and promote your senior women’s national team so do so.


                            Last edited by Lindsay; 07-05-2021, 06:31 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lindsay View Post
                              Very disappointing to see this. Get on board or get out of the way USA Hockey, as the saying goes. You have the resources to communicate and promote your senior women’s national team so do so.
                              It has been about a dozen years since I covered a USA Hockey sanctioned game, so things could be different now -- but somehow, I doubt it. At that time, media interaction was very informal in some ways and strict in others. If you wanted access to a player for a story (like even a question or two), it was just about impossible to get once you were within a month of a big event like the Olympics, unless you were NBC or something with similar reach. But if you were covering an exhibition like the US centralization team against a college or conference all-star team, they really didn't coordinate anything. You had off-ice access to where players would be coming or going, but they weren't there to speak to you. It was definitely easier to get time with the players whom you had previously covered and had some relationship, because the others were more interested in talking to whatever fans and friends that had found their way behind the scenes.

                              Saying that, I realize that for something like Team USA, the priority is the media outlets that have a chance to reach half of the country, something that really doesn't exist at all in women's NCAA, where the national media is going to ignore even the ultimate games. I thought that Katie Million did a nice job running the WCHA, including attempting to get it more recognition, so I'd expect that she will improve this aspect for the national team. It is just tough to do in the shadow of the pandemic, combined with the best players boycotting the highest-profile pro league.

                              Beyond all that, I agree with Lindsay's main point ... the women deserve better.

                              "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                              And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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