August 1, 2010

Carpenter, Pelkey among U.S. Under-18 selections

Alex Carpenter of Governor's Academy

Former U.S. Under-18 players Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) were among the 21 girls chosen this weekend for the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team, which will participate in both the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival and the 2010 Under-18 Series later this month.

Carpenter, the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter, and Pelkey are both forwards who helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 IIHF World Women's U-18 Championship.

The Women's National Festival will run Aug. 13-21 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the Under-18 Series taking place in the same location Aug. 18-21. The Under-18 Series, now in its fourth year, is a three-game competition between the United States and Canada.

Among the 14 players on the team making their Team USA debuts are goaltender Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.), defensemen Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.) and Briana Mastel (Wallingford, Conn.), and forward Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.).

NOTES: The 21 players on the U.S. team hail from 11 states ... Jodi McKenna, head women's hockey coach at Wesleyan, will serve as the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. She will be assisted by Brian Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.), head women's hockey coach at reigning Hockey East champion Boston University, and Emily McKissock, former assistant women's hockey coach at the University of Vermont. ... The roster was selected following the USA Hockey Girls' Select Player Development Camps. The Girls' Select 15 Player Development Camp was held from July 22-28 at The Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y., and the Girls' Select 16 and 17 Player Development Camps were held from June 25-July 1 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.