Metropolitan Riveters defender Michelle Picard is making a return to the national team program, with USA Hockey announcing Friday that she has been selected to participate in the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp. Joining Picard are nine other NWHL players:
Hannah Brandt (Minnesota Whitecaps)
Katie Burt (Boston Pride)
Dani Camaranesi (Buffalo Beauts)
Kendall Coyne Schofield (Minnesota Whitecaps)
Nicole Hensley (Buffalo Beauts)
Amanda Kessel (Metropolitan Riveters)
Gigi Marvin (Boston Pride)
Amanda Pelkey (Boston Pride)
Haley Skarupa (Boston Pride)
Katie Burt was the first overall pick in the 2017 and signed this summer to play her first professional season with the Pride. Congratulations also to former Buffalo defender Megan Bozek who, like Picard, has been selected to return to the program as part of the evaluation camp.
A former member of the national team, Picard served as captain of Team NWHL when a select group of NWHL players took on the USWNT in January in Florida prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Picard is also an NWHL All-Star, and led the Riveters to the 2018 Isobel Cup.
“We’re really happy for all of the players chosen to participate in USA Hockey’s evaluation camp,” said Hayley Moore, the NWHL’s deputy commissioner and director of player development. “We’re especially proud to see that Shelly Picard, an outstanding defender who is so dedicated to the game and our league, got the call. We look forward to following all of the players at camp. The talent level continues to rise at a rapid pace in the U.S.”
The camp will take place from Sept. 13-17 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.