Picard is one of the main reasons Harvard earned a ranking as high as No. 2 in the nation during the 2012-13 campaign (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current Harvard women's hockey players Lyndsey Fry and Michelle Picard will compete for Team USA at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., April 2-9. The duo is joined on the U.S. Women's National Team, which is coached by Harvard's Katey Stone, by Julie Chu '06-07, while Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 will skate for Canada.
Fry, a junior forward, and Picard, a sophomore defender, helped the Crimson post a 24-7-3 record this season and carry Harvard to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. Fry, a native of Chandler, Ariz., was second on the team with 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points and tied for the squad's lead with five game-winning scores. Picard, who hails from Tauton, Mass., was an important piece to one of the nation's best defensive units. She helped Harvard earn the top-ranked penalty kill (93.4%) and the No. 2 ranking in scoring defense (1.21 goals per game).
Chu, who is one of 23 players on the United States roster, is a veteran of USA Hockey. Of the 10 Olympians on the team, Chu is the most decorated with three Olympic Games on her resume.
Vaillancourt, a teammate of Chu's on the CWHL's Montreal Stars, has been a part of Canada's National Women's Team since 2003. She owns two Olympic gold medals, in 2006 and 2010, and has played in five IIHF World Women's Championships (2005, '07, '08, '09, '11).
Team USA and Canada open the event April 2 at 7:30 ET in a Group A preliminary round game at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, Ont.
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