USA Hockey announced today the 27 players who will centralize in preparation for the 2021 World Championships and 2022 Beijing Olympics, and there are some familiar names on the roster. Captain and Redshirt Junior(??)* Cayla Barnes will miss the upcoming Boston College Women’s Hockey season as part of the residency program, joining fellow Eagle alumnae Alex Carpenter, Kali Flanagan, and Megan Keller on the squad.
*who knows what to call her at this point with COVID eligibility waivers and two Olympic redshirts and whatnot, but she has two years of eligibility left
Barnes, Flanagan, and Keller were all members of the 2018 USA Hockey team that won gold in PyeongChang, and they’ll look to add another medal to their collection (and keep the gold here in the states). Alex Carpenter was one of the most baffling omissions from the 2018 roster, though she was part of the silver-medal winning team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
This isn’t the final cut, unfortunately, but we’re getting pretty close. Of the 27 names to make it to residency, 25 will take part in next month’s World Championships. A total of four players will be cut before getting down to the final 23 names that will go to Beijing to play in the 2022 Olympics.
Congratulations to Barnes, Carpenter, Flanagan, and Keller as they try to earn their spot on the final Team USA roster!