USA Hockey today announced the final roster for the 2015 Women's Hockey World Championships that will take place from March 28 through April 4th in Malmo, Sweden. Three current Gopher players are on the roster, along with one current Gopher player, and a Gopher Men's Hockey legend behind the bench.
The three current Gophers who will be playing for the USA in Sweden are junior forward Hannah Brandt, who is currently second in the nation in scoring, sophomore forward Dani Cameranesi, and sophomore defenseman Lee Stecklein. All three players have international experience playing for Team USA, however Stecklein has the most experience after missing the 2013-14 season to play on the US Olympic Team. All three players were on the US Roster for the Four Nations Cup this past fall where the US finished second behind the Canadians.
Additionally, former Gopher defenseman Anne Schleper will also be on the roster. She also was on the US Olympic Roster in 2014 and has been playing professionally for the Boston Blades in the CWHL. Schleper graduated from Minnesota in 2012.
Additionally, Gopher Men's Hockey legend Rob Stauber will be on of the assistant coaches for the US team. Stauber won the 1988 Hobey baker Award with the Gophers and was the first goalie to win the award. He played several seasons in the NHL with many teams before getting into coaching.
It is possible additional former Gophers could be playing in the tournament as the Canadian and Finland teams finalize their roster. Former Gophers Mira Jalouso has played in multiple tournaments for Finland, while Kelly Terry has played for Team Canada on the Four National Cup Gold Medal Team and has a chance to be named to the World Championship Roster.
Good luck to the Gophers and the rest of Team USA in March.