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Seven Badgers selected for 2017 U.S. National Team Selection Camp

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) – Seven Wisconsin women’s hockey players were among the 42 athletes chosen for the 2017 U.S. National Team Selection Camp, USA Hockey announced Friday.

Senior Jenny Ryan and junior Annie Pankowski will join UW alums Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Alex Rigsby and Jessie Vetter at the evaluation camp in Tampa, Florida.

The camp, which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing, and three intrasquad scrimmages, will be used to determine the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Ryan, a second-team All-American this past year, also earned an invite earlier this season to the U.S. selection camp prior to its two-game series with Canada in December. The Victor, New York, native ended her collegiate career with 85 points and a +131 plus/minus rating, which ranks fifth in program history. A two-time alternate captain, Ryan helped UW win three WCHA Final Face-Off titles and a pair of WCHA regular season crowns during her four years at Wisconsin.

Pankowski, a two-time second-team All-American, played for the U.S. in its two-game series against Canada this past December and also helped the U.S. win its second-straight Four Nations Cup last fall.  A native of Laguna Hills, California, she has played for the U.S. at three Four Nations Cups and a pair of IIHF World Championships. Pankowski has led UW in points in each of her three years in Madison and led the NCAA in goals-per game last fall with a 0.69 clip.

Decker is coming off of a stellar performance at the 2017 IIHF World Championships, as the Dousman, Wisconsin, native led the tournament in scoring with 12 points. A member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, Decker has recorded 138 points in all competitions for Team USA. During her time with the Badgers, Decker helped UW win the 2011 NCAA title and won the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

The captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, Duggan looks to make her third appearance at the Olympics next winter. The captain of UW’s 2011 NCAA title team, Duggan has served as the U.S. captain at every international tournament since the 2013 Four Nations Cup. While at Wisconsin, Duggan helped UW win three NCAA titles and was named the recipient of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Knight scored the game-winning goal in overtime last Friday in Team USA’s 3-2 win against Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2017 IIHF World Championship. A two-time Olympian, Knight has 168 points in 140 games for the U.S., including six points during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Knight left UW as the program’s all-time goals leader with 143 and points leader with 262.

Wisconsin’s all-time wins leader with 100, Rigsby looks to make her Olympics debut next winter after helping the U.S. win the last four IIHF World Championships. Rigsby has a 17-2-0-3 record in net for the U.S., including a 1-0 win against Canada in the gold-medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. The first goaltender in UW history to serve as captain, Rigsby backstopped UW to the 2011 NCAA title.

A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Vetter is stepping out of retirement to participate in this month’s U.S. selection camp. Vetter helped the U.S. win four Four Nations Cups and six IIHF World Championships, including the 2016 IIHF World Championship. While at UW, Vetter won the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and led UW to a trio of NCAA titles.

USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team at the conclusion of the camp on May 5. The team will remain in Tampa for additional training through May 8.

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