Megan Bozek and Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts and the U.S. National Team pose with NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan after winning the Isobel Cup in 2016. Photo By: Troy Parla
December 14, 2017 – The National Women’s Hockey League today announced that a squad of top players from the NWHL will face the U.S. Women’s National Team in games on Jan. 13 and 15, 2018 in Florida. The exhibition games with Team NWHL will be the final tune-ups for Team USA in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Start times for the games will be 6:15 pm on Saturday, Jan. 13 and 2:15 pm on Monday, Jan. 15. Both games will be at the U.S. Women’s National Team’s training complex at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
“The NWHL is honored to be welcomed by USA Hockey and to participate in this pair of important exhibition games,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Our players, coaches and staff are excited to have this opportunity. The NWHL will do its best to give the players some strong competition so they’re ready to bring home the gold in February.”
Team NWHL will be comprised of players from all four franchises: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and Metropolitan Riveters. The general manager of Team NWHL is Hayley Moore, the league’s deputy commissioner. Moore, in consultation with the coaches of all four NWHL franchises, will select the team. Team NWHL will be led by Riveters head coach Chad Wiseman, with assistance from Boston coaches Thomas Poeck and Lindsay Berman. The Team NWHL roster will be announced before the end of the year.
Eleven players training with the U.S. Women’s National Team played in at least one of the NWHL’s first two seasons: Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Alex Carpenter, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Amanda Pelkey, Emily Pfalzer and Haley Skarupa.
Tickets will be available for $10 each with 50 percent of the proceeds benefitting The USA Hockey Foundation’s Friends of Women’s Hockey Fund. Further details about broadcast information and how fans can purchase tickets will be forthcoming.
Meghan Duggan of the Boston Pride and the U.S. National Team celebrates a goal she scored last season. Photo By: Michelle Jay
Brianna Decker of the Boston Pride and the U.S National Team protects the puck from a Whale player. Photo By: Michelle Jay
Amanda Kessel of the Metropolitan Riveters and U.S. National Team on a Breakaway in a game vs. The Buffalo Beauts. Photo By: Michael Hetzel