After a five-month delay, the 2022 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team FINALLY convened in Minnesota for the start of pre-camp for the Under-18 Women’s World Championship, set to take place in Madison, Wisconsin from June 6-13. The tournament, which was originally postponed from January in Sweden due to COVID, is happening during a summer of rescheduled hockey tournaments. Tickets for the championship can be found HERE.
The team, which is the same team that was announced originally back in October, features 13 forwards, seven defenders and three goaltenders.
The group hit the ice filled with months of built up anticipation. Practice was filled with smiles, excitement and energy. After a few interviews with local media, the team fueled up with lunch and spent the afternoon doing dry-land shooting and team bonding.
“The first couple days of practice have been great, there’s lots of energy. We’re moving, we’re taking everything in and we’re learning,” head coach Katie Lachapelle said. “The team’s been really bonding and having that energy. I’m really excited about our group. I love the energy that they’re playing with and the speed with right now.”