Picard (pictured) and D'Oench will square off against Frazer, Heffernan and Maschmeyer this weekend in Calgary. (Photo: USA Today)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five members of the Harvard women's hockey team have been named to U.S. and Canada U-22, the countries announced over the weekend. Miye D'Oench and Michelle Picard earned spots on the United States U-22 Select Team, while Abigail Frazer, Karly Heffernan and Emerance Maschmeyer were named to Canada's National Women's Development Team.
The five Crimson spent all last week with their respective national team's camps vying for spots on the development teams. The U.S. and Canada will square off in a three-game series starting this Thursday (Aug. 21) at 10:30 p.m. in Calgary. A 7 p.m. Friday meeting and a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting will cap off the series between the two nations.
Picard is one of four members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team to earn an invitation to the Festival, and will participate for the fifth time as a member of Team USA. A Taunton, Massachusetts, native, Picard has seen international time with the U.S. in two IIHF Women's World Championships (2012, 2013) and four Four Nations Cups (2011-13).
D'Oench, the Crimson's returning scorer from a year ago – reeling off 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points – has experience with Team USA as well. The New York, New York, native was a member of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, earning a silver medal with the team at the 2012 World Championships. She also was a four-year participant at USA Hockey National Development Camp and named to All-Star team in 2009 and 2011.
Frazer has seen time with the Canadian National Women's U-18 squad, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Women's U-18 Championship, along with Crimson teammate Maschmeyer. Frazer has also attended national camps since 2010 throughout Ontario.
Heffernan, who is an incoming freshman in 2014-15, owns a fair amount of experience on the national level, having won a pair of gold medals with the Canadian U-18 team at the IIHF Women's World Championships (2013 and 2014). Heffernan scored the game-winner in overtime of the gold medal game in 2013.
Maschmeyer, who earned All-America status a year ago, is returning to her second tour of duty on the U-22 team. The Bruderheim, Alberta, native was a member of the Development Team in 2012. Also no stranger to the IIHF scene, Maschmeyer was a part of the gold medal-winning Canadian U-18 squad, and has attended camps since 2011 for Canada.
After the three-game slate, all five Crimson will return to Cambridge as the Crimson starts its path to a third consecutive birth to the NCAA tournament on Oct. 31 versus Rensselaer.