The Canadian Olympic Women’s Hockey Team made their final cuts for the roster that will complete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea this February on Friday. One of the last roster cuts include Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Sarah Potomak. This follows the cut of her sister Amy (who will be a Gopher freshman next fall) earlier in the process. No Gophers remain on the final roster for Team Canada.
Potomak was the youngest remaining player in the centralized Team Canada Camp at 20 years of age. Team Canada appears to be going with a older veteran laden roster as all three Canadian cuts on Friday were players 23 years old or younger. Potomak played at the 2017 World Championships and registered two goals and one assist. She had five goals and seven assists throughout centralization, both internationally and against midget boys teams.
Potomak was taking a redshirt year from the U and most likely will not come back and play for the Gophers in the second half of the season. She will sit out and remain a junior when she returns to the Gopher lineup next fall, along with her sister who will be a freshman.
The Gophers still will have significant representation on Team USA. The final USA roster will be announced on January 1st, but the two final cuts have been leaked and appear to include former Gopher Megan Bozak. That leaves former Gophers Gigi Marvin, Lee Stecklein, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, Dani Camaranesi and current Gopher Kelly Pannek on the presumed 23-member roster.
If you want a further reason to get all nationalistic and root for Team USA over Team Canada, all five current or former Wisconsin Badgers on Team Canada made the final roster cut. Gives a whole new meaning to Better Dead Than Red. Just make sure to rock your white and blue when the teams begin to compete in the 2018 games beginning February 11th.