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  • Team USA Player Profiles: The "It's the Olympics! OMG!" Edition


    So I procrastinated more than I ought to when it came to these profiles, and instead of a leisurely in-depth look at each player individually, you now get a smattering of what each has to offer. Yay, Angie, way to go.

    Regardless, I will provide as much information as I can on each player so that once you settle into your bed at 3 a.m. Feb. 8, you will know just what to expect from your favorite American women's hockey team. For looks at the other players I've gone more in-depth about, you can look in these three places:

    Lee Stecklein

    The Lamoureux twins

    Megan Bozek, Meghan Duggan, Julie Chu

    So here go the rest, in numerical order:

    Brianna Decker #14 Forward Twitter: @Bdecker14

    DOB: May 13, 1991 Height: 5'4"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Dousman, Wisc. College: University of Wisconsin

    The 2012 Patty Kazmaier winner and two-time Offensive Player of the Year has played on a line with current USA teammates Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan at Wisconsin, as well as being coached there under 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympian Mark Johnson. It was there that she accumulated 77 points over a 32-game scoring streak, the longest in Badger history, from Feb. 11, 2011 to Jan. 6, 2012. She's a strong offensive presence at the international level as well, leading the team in points in two Under-18 series and tying for the tournament lead in goals at the 2013 Women's Worlds.

    Anne Schleper #16 Defense Twitter: @_aschlep

    DOB: Jan. 30, 1990 Height: 5'10"

    Shoots: Left Hometown: St. Cloud, Minn. College: University of Minnesota CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    Schleper has been a part of the national team since 2008, making her debut at the 2011 Women's Worlds. She was Minnesota's "Iron Man," so to speak, playing a record 159 games as a Gopher and often battling through injury to make sure she was on the bench. Though she may not be as prolific as Megan Bozek, Schleper still has an offensive mindset and you can catch her from time to time jumping into the forecheck.

    Kelli Stack #16 Forward Twitter: @kstack16

    DOB: Jan. 13, 1988 Height: 5'5"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Brooklyn Heights, Ohio College: Boston College CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    The high-powered forward graduated from BC as its all-time points leader with 209 over four years. She battled back from a torn ACL to compete with and make Team USA, and has found chemistry with Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter. She also played against men's Olympian Patrick Kane while growing up.

    Lyndsey Fry #18 Forward Twitter: @fry_X_cycle

    DOB: Oct. 30, 1992 Height: 5'8"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Chandler, Ariz. College: Harvard

    Fry is a top offensive threat for the Crimson and has a decent record in international play as well. In my research, I found a heartbreaking story about her honoring a former teammate of hers who died tragically in a car accident over three years ago. Her first Olympics will likely take on a whole new meaning should the U.S. win gold.

    Gigi Marvin #19 Defense Twitter: @GigiMarvin

    DOB: March 7, 1987 Height: 5'8"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Warroad, Minn. College: University of Minnesota CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    A Gopher alum, Marvin was a two-time Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier and, on Team USA, has led either the team or the tournament in points on multiple occasions -- not hard to believe when you watch this oh-so-important video of her stickhandling.

    Gigi Marvin stickhandling (via



    Hilary Knight #21 Forward Twitter: @Hilary_Knight

    DOB: July 12, 1989 Height: 5'11"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho College: University of Wisconsin CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    Knight set just about any record you could imagine during college, including all-time goals leader in both men's and women's hockey at Wisconsin. She also has 123 points in 107 games played internationally and will likely light up the ice in Sochi as a relentless worker and goal scorer.

    Kacey Bellamy #22 Defense Twitter: @kbells22

    DOB: April 22, 1987 Height: 5'7"

    Shoots: Left Hometown: Westfield, Mass. College: University of New Hampshire CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    Bellamy left UNH as its third all-time scorer among defensemen with 107 points in 143 games. She enters this Olympics as another one of the 2010 Olympians and will be looked to as a stabilizing presence for the younger defenders.

    Michelle Picard #23 Defense Twitter: @shellfish20

    DOB: May 27, 1993 Height: 5'4"

    Shoots: Left Hometown: Taunton, Mass. College: Harvard

    She captained the Under-18 team in 2010 and 2011 and was named a top player in the latter year. With the Crimson, Picard is emerging as a top defender and playmaker and looks to do the same in these Olympics.

    Josephine Pucci #24 Defense Twitter: @josephinepucci

    DOB: Dec. 27, 1990 Height: 5'8"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Pearl River, N.Y. College: Harvard

    Pucci took an entire season off in 2012-13 as she fought off the aftereffects of a concussion, which she has a history of. That leads to some questions as to whether she'll be okay for the duration of this tournament (she was already a target in exhibition play against Canada), but she's healthy for the time being and ready to compete.

    Alex Carpenter #25 Forward Twitter: @carpy05

    DOB: April 13, 1994 Height: 5'7"

    Shoots: Left Hometown: North Reading, Mass. College: Boston College

    The daughter of NHL alum Bobby Carpenter (the first American-born player both to leap from high school to The Show and to score 50 goals in a season), Alex took up hockey quite naturally as a kid. She currently ranks eighth in all-time scoring at BC and is already a Patty Kazmaier nominee, and on Team USA is a great shot blocker and one-third of the dynamic line (also featuring Kelli Stack and Hilary Knight) that terrorized Canada in exhibition play.

    Kendall Coyne #26 Forward Twitter: @KendallCoyne

    DOB: May 25, 1992 Height: 5'2"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Palos Heights, Ill. College: Northeastern University

    At 15, Coyne was the youngest player chosen for Team USA in the IIHF's first-ever U-18 Women's World Championship. Now 21, she has three Women's Worlds, four Four Nations Cups and a Twelve Nations International appearance under her belt and has 80 points in international play. At Northeastern, she has 113 career points and 63 career goals.

    Amanda Kessel #28 Forward Twitter: @AmandaKessel8

    DOB: Aug. 28, 1991 Height: 5'5"

    Shoots: Right Hometown: Madison, Wis. College: University of Minnesota

    Kessel is just returning to the ice after rehabbing her hip, but it hasn't seemed to slow her down. The Minnesota Gopher and sister of men's Olympian Phil Kessel scored a career-high 101 points to lead the nation in her junior season, and she's looking to pad her already impressive stats in international play.

    Brianne McLaughlin #29 Goaltender Twitter: @BrianneMcL

    DOB: July 20, 1987 Height: 5'8" Glove: Left

    Hometown: Sheffield Village, Ohio College: Robert Morris University

    Most Recent Team: Burlington Barricudas (CWHL, defunct)

    The RMU alum and assistant coach had hoped to get the nod over Jessie Vetter in net, but if things go south, she will likely be the one to take over. She was the backup in 2010 and holds the NCAA record for most career saves (3,809). McLaughlin was injured while playing in an exhibition against Canada last fall, but is healthy for the Olympics.

    Molly Schaus #30 Goaltender Twitter: @schaus729

    DOB: July 29, 1988 Height: 5'9" Glove: Left

    Hometown: Natick, Mass. College: Boston College CWHL Team: Boston Blades

    Schaus was a captain in her senior season at BC and had a single-season leading 1.45 GAA and .945 save percentage. More recently, she won the 2013 Clarkson Cup with the Blades, posting a 1.99 GAA and .888 save percentage in the process. She may not play much with two other great goalies also in the mix, but she has a sweet mask for the occasion.

    Jessie Vetter #31 Goaltender Twitter: @Vetter31

    DOB: Dec. 19, 1985 Height: 5'8" Glove: Left

    Hometown: Cottage Grove, Wis. College: University of Wisconsin Most Recent Team: Oregon Outlaws (GLHL)

    Vetter will start play for Team USA in net, and although some think there's wiggle room for McLaughlin or Schaus (and honestly all three are solid), Vetter has the upper hand with plenty of experience and a sparkling international record. As a Badger, she was the first goalie to record a Women's Frozen Four shutout (and in fact she recorded two) and to be named Most Outstanding Player as a freshman, and went on to win three NCAA titles and have a record 39 shutouts.

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