Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker headline the U.S. women’s hockey roster for the world championship in May in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The full roster is here. It includes 14 of the 23 members of the 2018 Olympic champion team.
Worlds marks the program’s first major tournament since the 2019 World Championship, which it won in a final shootout over Finland.
The 2020 World Championship was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Four Nations Cup, formerly the most prestigious annual tournament, was last played in 2018.
The Americans will defend their Olympic title in 10 months, making these worlds a test for how they stack up with longtime rival Canada.
In the last six months, Olympic captain Meghan Duggan and three-time Olympian twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando announced retirements. Emily Matheson, one of the program’s top defenders, is pregnant and due in June.
Goalie Maddie Rooney, who played all but one game in PyeongChang and starred in the final shootout win over Canada, did not make the world championship team. Rooney did make the world team for 2019 and in 2020, before the latter tournament was canceled.
Knight, who made every worlds team dating to 2007, is in line to break the U.S. record she shares with Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter for world championship appearances with her 11th. Next year, Knight, Kacey Bellamy (also on the world team) and Gigi Marvin (not on the world team) can tie the U.S. hockey record of four Olympic appearances.
Forward Britta Curl and defender Caroline Harvey are in line to become the first U.S. women born in the 2000s to play in a worlds or Olympics.
Aerin Frankel, who just became the third U.S goalie to win the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top NCAA player, could make her world championship debut after making the 2020 team.
The U.S. won the last five world titles starting in 2013, though the most recent in 2019 came with controversy.
Host Finland, after upsetting Canada in the semifinals, forced the U.S. into overtime. The Finns scored and celebrated before the goal was overturned due to non-incidental interference with U.S. goalie Alex Cavallini. The U.S. went on to win via shootout, just as it did in the PyeongChang Olympic final with Canada.
The U.S. coach since PyeongChang has been Bob Corkum, a 12-season NHL defenseman who succeeded Olympic head coach Robb Stauber.
The full U.S. roster for worlds (*=PyeongChang Olympian):
Kendall Coyne Schofield*
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