Pittsburgh -- Former goalie Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Ohio Flames) of the Robert Morris University women's hockey team was selected as one of three goalies to the 2009-10 U.S. Womens National Team, announced today by USA Hockey at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
"This is a historic day for the Robert Morris womens hockey program," said RMU head coach Nate Handrahan. "Bri has put in a lot of hard work to improve her game and reach an elite level. This is something we have known her to be capable of for a long time and we are glad that she was given the opportunity to showcase her talent. The RMU coaching staff wishes her the best of luck and we look forward to watching her in the Vancouver games."
McLaughlin competed with 40 of the top athletes in the country in the 2009 USA Hockey Women's National Festival from Aug. 18-24, which served as the selection camp for the U.S. National Team. A total of 23 athletes were named to the team and will compete in the 10-game, nine-city Qwest Tour, beginning on Sept. 25 in St. Paul, Minn., and ending just prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In addition, the team will compete in two international tournaments, three games against the Canadian National Team and several games against Minnesota high school boys' teams. Following the tour, a final roster will be announced in mid-December and will include 21 of the 23 athletes who will participate in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
The roster includes three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards. Six of the players have Olympic experience and 21 athletes have competed in an International Ice Hockey Federation World Womens Championship, including 20 who have captured gold medals either this year or last.
The U.S. Womens National Team begins its tour on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Minnesota State Fair. The players will participate in the daily parade at 2:p.m., followed by a meet and greet in Carousel Park from 3-5 p.m. The team departs for Vancouver for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup on Sat., Aug. 29.