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U.S. Women's National Team Camp Includes Six Crimson Skaters

Jillian Dempsey is one of three current Crimson invited to the camp (photo John Quackenbos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six current or former Harvard women's hockey players have been invited to take part in the U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp, USA Hockey announced. The camp will be run by Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.

Practices, off-ice testing and three intrasquad scrimmages at the camp will determine the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will train together in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Harvard players participating in the camp include defenders Michelle Picard and Josephine Pucci and forwards Kate Buesser '11, Julie Chu '06-07, Jillian Dempsey and Lyndsey Fry.

Dempsey, Fry and Picard helped the Crimson post a 24-7-3 record this season and carry Harvard to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. Dempsey, a senior co-captain, was the team's offensive leader with 24 goals, 21 assists and 45 points during the 2012-13 season. The Winthrop, Mass., native, who finished her career ninth on Harvard's all-time scoring list, was a first team All-Ivy League and All-ECAC Hockey selection.

Fry, a junior from 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, a sophomore out of 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).

After announcing the players selected to train as part of the U.S. Women's National Team June 24, the group will stay in Lake Placid, N.Y., to continue training until June 27. The final 21-player Olympic roster will be announced in late December 2013.