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:
|Brianne McLaughlin||Sheffield Village, Ohio||Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)|
|Molly Schaus||Natick, Mass.||Boston Blades (CWHL)|
|Jessie Vetter||Cottage Grove, Wis.||Oregon Outlaws (GLHL)|
|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)|
|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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