Winter Olympics 2014: USA announces women's hockey roster

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

21 players will represent the USA in women's hockey at the Sochi Olympics. Here they are.

Since 1998, when women's ice hockey was first added to the Winter Olympic program, the United States has medaled at every single Games -- bronze once, silver twice, gold once.

They enter the 2014 Winter Olympics as the top-ranked team in the world according to the IIHF, and they're the favorite to take home the gold medal -- or, at the very least, to go head-to-head with arch rival Canada in the gold medal game.

During the second intermission of the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, USA Hockey announced the group of 21 players who will travel to Sochi, Russia next month to compete in the Games. Here's your 2014 United States women's Olympic ice hockey team:

Goalies Hometown Team
Brianne McLaughlin Sheffield Village, Ohio Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)
Molly Schaus Natick, Mass. Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jessie Vetter Cottage Grove, Wis. Oregon Outlaws (GLHL)
Forwards Hometown Team
Monique Lamoureux Grand Forks, N.D. University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Meghan Duggan Danvers, Mass. Boston Blades (CWHL)
Julie Chu Fairfield, Conn. Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Brianna Decker Dousman, Wis. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Kelli Stack Brooklyn Heights, Ohio Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux Grand Forks, N.D. University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Lyndsey Fry Chandler, Ariz. Harvard University (ECAC)
Hilary Knight Sun Valley, Idaho Boston Blades (CWHL)
Alex Carpenter North Reading, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
Kendall Coyne Palos Heights, Ill. Northeastern University (HEA)
Amanda Kessel Madison, Wis. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Defense Hometown Team
Lee Stecklein Roseville, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Megan Bozek Buffalo Grove, Ill. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Anne Schleper St. Cloud, Minn. Boston Blades (CWHL)
Gigi Marvin Warroad, Minn. Boston Blades (CWHL)
Kacey Bellamy Westfield, Mass. Boston Blades (CWHL)
Michelle Picard Taunton, Mass. Harvard University (ECAC)
Josephine Pucci Pearl River, N.Y. Harvard University (ECAC)

The team is coached by Katey Stone, the winningest head coach in women's college hockey history, currently in her 19th season behind the bench at Harvard. Hillary Witt and Bobby Jay are her assistant coaches, and Reagan Carey is the general manager of the U.S. women's team.

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