53 American-born players have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp held at the NSC Super Rink from Oct. 25-31. The Super Rink continues to be the host site for the development of women’s hockey as the camp is part of the process in selecting the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship.
Of the 53 invited players, 17 were part of the gold medal-winning 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team, 14 were members of the 2018 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team and 31 are current collegiate athletes.
The evaluation camp will last five days, starting today, Oct. 27, with strength and conditioning testing. The last time members of Team USA were on campus, they stopped by the All American Girls hockey tournament. Players have been broken up into three practice teams: the red team is captained by Kendall Coyne Schofield; the white team is captained by Hilary Knight; the blue team is captained by Kacey Bellamy. Competition will heat up as scrimmages get underway and continue throughout the week.
Team sessions will cap each evening, with athletes tuning into the nightly presentations via Zoom from their hotel rooms. Topics covered during these meetings will include mental skills, nutrition and team culture.