Kessel named to U.S. women's Olympic team

Kendall Coyne (left), Brianna Decker (middle) and Amanda Kessel of the U.S. celebrate after beating...

Kendall Coyne (left), Brianna Decker (middle) and Amanda Kessel of the U.S. celebrate after beating Canada in the gold medal game at the world championship in Ottawa April 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)


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ANN ARBOR, MICH. - Amanda Kessel will join her brother, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, at the Sochi Olympics.

Amanda Kessel was among the 21 players named Wednesday to the American women's hockey team roster. Later in the day, Phil Kessel learned he had been picked for the U.S. men's team.

Veteran forward Julie Chu, named to her fourth Winter Games squad, will be one of 11 returning Olympians as the U.S. looks to avenge a loss to Canada in the gold medal final at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

"Today is an important day for our team and we're thrilled to continue our journey toward Sochi," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA. "We have a good blend of veterans and first-time Olympians and we're excited about what lies ahead.

"We're enthusiastic about our team and focused on getting better every day."

All 21 U.S. team members are world champions.

Women's ice hockey joined the Olympic program in 1998 Nagano Winter Games, the U.S. claiming the first gold medal but Canada has swept the top spot the last three Olympic tournaments.

The U.S. and Canada, who between them have won every Olympic gold medal and every world championship, remain women's ice hockey super powers and bitter rivals, two of their pre-Sochi meetings ending in brawls.

The Americans open Olympic play on Feb. 8 against Finland.


Netminders: Brianne McLaughlin; Molly Schaus; Jessie Vetter

Defence: Kacey Bellamy; Megan Bozek; Gigi Marvin; Michelle Picard; Josephine Pucci; Anne Schleper; Lee Stecklein.

Forwards: Alex Carpenter; Kendall Coyne; Julie Chu; Brianna Decker; Meghan Duggan; Lyndsey Fry; Amanda Kessel; Hilary Knight; Jocelyne Lamoureux; Monique Lamoureux; Kelli Stack.