BUFFALO, NY – Four Boston College Eagles have been named to the US National Team roster that will compete at the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championships Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark. Additionally, two Eagles will skate for the US Collegiate Women’s Select Team in a three-game series against Canada Aug. 17-20.
Cayla Barnes, Hannah Bilka, Alex Carpenter ’16 and Megan Keller ’19 will look to help the US capture its 10th gold medal at the World Championships. Additionally, Kelly Browne and Abigail Levy will play in the three-game series against Canada’s National Women’s Development Team. All six players were named to their respective squads after participating in the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Buffalo, NY last week.
All US games at the tournament will be aired live in the US on NHL Network.
Bilka will be making her senior national team debut. Barnes, Carpenter and Keller were all members of the US Women’s National Team that won a silver medal at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China and were also a part of the team that won a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in August 2021 At the World Championships, Carpenter has been a member of five gold-medal winning squads and Keller four. In addition to her silver medal at the 2021 Worlds, Barnes captured her first gold in what was her World Championships debut at the 2019 tournament.
The 2022 World Championships will begin on Aug. 25, with the gold medal game taking place on Sept. 4. The US has captured the top prize a total of nine times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), including eight of the last 10 tournaments. More information about the US schedule for the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship is available here.
Levy and Browne will travel to Calgary to face Canada in a three-game series with the Collegiate Select Team. Additionally, alumnae Lee-J Mirasolo ’08 will serve as an assistant coach of the team.
The US Collegiate Women’s Select Team is normally referenced as the US Under-22 Women’s Select Team, but due to not playing the past two years, players with collegiate eligibility were able to make the team.