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WIH: Cayla Barnes Named Captain Of Team USA U22s

The incoming freshman is very highly regarded by USA Hockey

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This week, USA Hockey named Olympic gold medalist and incoming BC Women’s Hockey freshman Cayla Barnes the captain of its U22 team, the top developmental team for Team USA. The only step above U22 is the national team roster — which Barnes is already a part of.

Barnes was one of five Eagles — three current students — on the 2018 USA Olympic Women’s Hockey team that won gold in PyeongChang. She actually played in a handful of games last season for the Eagles as a “freshman” before being called up to the Olympic team. Despite that, she did not use her freshman year eligibility and will return to the Heights this fall with four years of eligibility intact.

Cayla Barnes was a three-time member of the USA U18 roster, and she’s been a leader for the USA Hockey program for years. Being named captain of the U22 team is (other than, you know, Olympic gold) her biggest individual honor yet. Congratulations to Cayla on the honor of being named USA captain!