The 2022 Olympic women’s hockey team was named Saturday in the second intermission of the Winter Classic.
The 23-member team is led by Hilary Knight, who will make his fourth Olympic appearance in Beijing. Four other members of the American list – Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna decker, Amanda kessel, and Lee stecklein – will participate in their third Olympic Games.
In total, 15 of the 23 players have Olympic experience. Thirteen members of the 2018 gold medalist team will return to Beijing, while two 2014 Olympians Alex Charpentier and Megan Bozek – who were both final selections on the 2018 U.S. roster – will make their Olympic comeback.
Composition of the United States women’s hockey team in 2022:
- Alex cavallini (née Rigsby) (Delafield, Wisconsin)
- Nicole hensley (Lakewood, Colorado)
- Maddie rooney (Andover, Minnesota)
- Cayla barnes (Eastvale, California)
- Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Illinois)
- Jincy dunne (O’Fallon, Missouri)
- Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Illinois)
- Caroline harvey (Salem, New Hampshire)
- Megan Keller (Farmington, Michigan)
- Lee stecklein (Roseville, Minnesota)
- Hannah brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.)
- Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minnesota)
- Alex Charpentier (North Reading, Mass.)
- Jesse compher (Northbrook, Illinois)
- Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Illinois)
- Brianna decker (Douseman, Wisconsin)
- Amanda kessel (Madison, Wisconsin)
- Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho)
- Murphy Abbey (Evergreen Park, Illinois)
- Kelly pannek (Plymouth, Minnesota)
- Abby roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)
- Hayley scamurra (Getzville, New York State)
- Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minnesota)
Knight, 32, is on track to become America’s oldest female Olympic hockey player in history (a record currently held by Julie chu).
The list also includes two teenagers: Caroline harvey and Murphy Abbey, both 19 years old. Harvey and Murphy were teammates at the 2019 and 2020 Women’s Under-18 World Championships, where Brianna Decker was an assistant coach.
Abby roque, a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation, will be the first Indigenous woman to play hockey for the United States at the Olympics.
“There aren’t a lot of native players playing, especially in the US, so a big chunk for me is trying to show you can do it,” Roque said on the TODAY show in November.
Since 2018, five members of the 2018 gold medal team have retired: Meghan Duggan, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux Morando, Kacey bellamy, and Gigi marvin.
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Another member of the 2018 Olympic team, Kali flanagan, was invited to the US team’s centralization program as it approached Beijing, but was deleted. Flanagan has since signed with the Boston Pride of the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF).
What is expected of the United States women’s hockey team at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games?
Since women’s hockey debuted on the Olympic program in 1998, all but one gold medal game has been won by the United States and Canada. This tradition seems likely to continue in Beijing.
The US women’s hockey team will compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reigning Olympic champion, while the Canadians have won the most recent world title.
Canada won the majority of exhibition games this fall (4-2), although the last three games of the pre-Olympic series have been called off due to Covid-19. And for what it’s worth: Heading into the Sochi 2014 Olympics and PyeongChang 2018, there was a negative correlation between the team that won the exhibition series and the team that won the Olympic gold.
While the United States and Canada remain fierce rivals on the ice, since 2018 players from both teams have worked closely together off the ice to create a sustainable women’s professional league that pays a living wage.
In May 2019, more than 200 female hockey players (including all graduate members of current U.S. and Canadian national teams) announced that they would not play in any North American league, essentially boycotting the NWHL (since renamed PHF).
Knight and Coyne Schofield currently sit on the PWHPA Board of Directors alongside some of their international rivals including Brianne jenner and Sarah Nurse from Canada.
“We know what we deserve. And we can’t settle for less than that, because if we do that means the next generation will have to suffer as well, ”said Coyne Schofield. On its territory in October.
The Olympic women’s hockey tournament kicks off on Thursday February 3 in Beijing (the night of Wednesday February 2 in the US) before the opening ceremony on February 4. See below for a full rundown of the US team’s schedule for 2022. Winter Olympics.
American Women’s Hockey – Schedule of group games for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games:
Date / Time (Eastern United States Time)
Date / Time (Beijing, China)
|United States v Finland (FIN)||February 5 at 8:10 a.m. EST||February 3 at 9:10 p.m. CST|
|United States vs. Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)||February 5 at 8:10 a.m. EST||February 5 at 9:10 p.m. CST|
|United States vs. Switzerland (SUI)||February 6 at 8:10 a.m. EST||February 6 at 9:10 p.m. CST|
|United States vs. Canada (CAN)||February 7 at 11:10 p.m. EST||February 8 at 12:10 p.m. CST|
Women’s hockey – Schedule of playoffs and medal games – 2022 Olympic Winter Games:
|Game||Date / Time (Eastern United States Time)||Date / Time (Beijing, China)|
|Quarter-final # 1||February 10 at 11:10 p.m. EST||February 11 at 12:10 p.m. CST|
|Quarter-final # 2||February 11 at 8:10 a.m. EST||February 11 at 9:10 p.m. CST|
|Quarter-final # 3||February 11 at 11:10 p.m. EST||February 12 at 12:10 p.m. CST|
|Quarter-final # 4||February 12 at 3:40 a.m. EST||February 12 at 4:40 p.m. CST|
|Semi-final # 1||February 13 at 11:10 p.m. EST||February 14 at 12:10 p.m. CST|
|Semi-final # 2||February 14 at 8:10 a.m. EST||February 14 at 9:10 p.m. CST|
|Bronze medal game||February 16 at 6:30 a.m. EST||February 16 at 7:30 p.m. CST|
|Gold medal game||February 16 at 11:10 p.m. EST||February 17 at 12:10 p.m. CST|
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