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UW's Clark, Desbiens earn spots on Canada’s World championship roster

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MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin sophomore Ann-Renee Desbiens, along with freshman Emily Clark, were among the 23 players selected by Hockey Canada on Thursday to play at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Malmo, Sweeden, on March 28 – April 4.

Wisconsin will now have eight former and current players play at the World championship, as current UW freshman Annie Pankowski will compete for Team USA along with former Badgers Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Alex Rigsby and Jessie Vetter at the seven-day tournament.

Clark and Desbiens participated in Team Canada's Fall Festival in September, while Clark played for Team Canada in the Four Nations Cup in November. The 19-year-old Clark is the team's youngest forward by three years, and is the youngest player on the roster.

At the 2014 Four Nations Cup last November, Clark appeared in all four games for Canada, helping the team win the tournament.

Desbiens tended goal for Team Canada in the Nations Cup earlier this season, logging two wins, including a shutout in Canada's 4-0 championship win over Sweden. Desbiens gave up just one goal in 120 minutes of action in the international tournament.

Clark, Desbiens, Pankowski and the No. 3 Badgers face No. 5 Boston University on Saturday in an NCAA quarterfinal game at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop for the second-ever NCAA playoff game at LaBahn is set for 2 p.m.

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