Eleven returnees highlight U.S. women’s Olympic team

Julie Chu will be making her fourth Olympic appearance for the United States national women’s team as USA Hockey announced Wednesday its 21-player roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics that start next month in Sochi, Russia.

All 21 members of the squad have college ties and every player has competed in an IIHF Women’s World Championship, including 18 who captured a gold medal last April to propel the United States to the No. 1 ranking in the world.

In addition to Chu (Harvard), the 10 additional players with Olympic experience on the U.S. roster include Kacey Bellamy (New Hampshire), captain Meghan Duggan (Wisconsin), Hilary Knight (Wisconsin), Jocelyne Lamoureux (North Dakota), Monique Lamoureux (North Dakota), Gigi Marvin (Minnesota), Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle (Robert Morris), Molly Schaus (Boston College) Kelli Stack (Boston College) and Jessie Vetter (Wisconsin), who all played in 2010.

“We’re excited to officially announce our roster,” said U.S. general manager and USA Hockey’s director of women’s hockey Reagan Carey in a news release. “We had some very tough decisions, but we’re confident that we have assembled 21 players that will help us achieve our goal of winning the gold medal. These players have fully dedicated themselves and have earned this opportunity. We’d also like to acknowledge and thank those players who did not make the team. They have contributed greatly to the advancement of the team.”

“Today is an important day for our team and we’re thrilled to continue our journey toward Sochi,” added Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA, and also head coach at Harvard. “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.”

The U.S. team will continue training and competing in the Boston area until departing for the Olympics on Feb. 1. The opening ceremonies are slated for Feb. 7, with Team USA’s first game taking place on Feb. 8 against Finland.

Player's NamePositionMost Recent TeamCollege Team
Brianne McLaughlin-BittleGBurlington (CWHL)Robert Morris
Molly SchausGBoston (CWHL)Boston College
Jessie VetterGOregon (GLHL)Wisconsin
Kacey BellamyDBoston (CWHL)New Hampshire
Megan BozekDMinnesotaMinnesota
Gigi MarvinDBoston (CWHL)Minnesota
Michelle PicardDHarvardHarvard
Josephine PucciDHarvardHarvard
Anne SchleperDBoston (CWHL)Minnesota
Lee SteckleinDMinnesotaMinnesota
Alex CarpenterFBoston CollegeBoston College
Kendall CoyneFNortheasternNortheastern
Julie ChuFMontreal (CWHL)Harvard
Brianna DeckerFWisconsinWisconsin
Meghan DugganFBoston (CWHL)Wisconsin
Lyndsey FryFHarvardHarvard
Amanda KesselFMinnesotaMinnesota
Hilary KnightFBoston (CWHL)Wisconsin
Jocelyne LamoureuxFNorth DakotaNorth Dakota
Monique LamoureuxFNorth DakotaNorth Dakota
Kelli StackFBoston (CWHL)Boston College