(photo courtesy of Suomen Jaakiekkoliitto/USA Hockey).
USA Hockey Release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five current or former Harvard women's hockey players were announced as members of the 2013-14 United States Women's National Team at an introductory press conference Monday morning. Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Lyndsey Fry, Kate Buesser '11 and Julie Chu '06-07 will suit up for the Red, White and Blue along with 20 other players during the year.
The announcement came after 41 Olympic hopefuls participated in the U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp June 16-23 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Practices, off-ice testing and three intrasquad scrimmages at the camp helped Team USA head coach Katey Stone, who is also The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, and her staff pick the roster.
Twelve players on the roster will be looking to repeat as members of the 21-player Olympic team, which will be announced in late December. Chu is the most experienced on the national team, having appeared in three Olympic Games.
Harvard and Minnesota are tied as the most represented NCAA institutions. Each college has three former players and two graduates on the roster.
The newly formed national team will stay in Lake Placid, N.Y., to continue training until June 27. The squad will enter a residency program in September, while training at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass.