USA Hockey named 69 players to its forthcoming USA Hockey Festival, an evaluation camp for the women's national team to be held in Lake Placid, N.Y. from August 12-16. From this group, two sets of 22 players - a U-18 team and a U-22 team - will be selected to play in a series of exhibitions against Canada in Calgary later this month.
Leading the way among all colleges with invitees to the training camp was Boston College, with ten - count 'em, ten - players named to the evaluation roster.
Two of BC's selectees are alumni - defenseman Blake Bolden ('13) and goaltender Corinne Boyles ('14). The other eight are all players who are expected to contribute this year for BC.
Leading the way is Alex Carpenter, fresh off being on the first line for last year's Olympic team, as well as fellow prolific forwards Haley Skarupa and Emily Field, both of whom have made noise at national camps before. Two more forwards - junior Dana Trivigno and sophomore Andie Anastos - will also be present, along with veteran defensemen Emily Pfalzer and Lexi Bender.
In addition, incoming freshman Megan Keller, a 5'10'' defenseman from Farmington Hills, Mich. and previous member of the USA U-18 national team, was also invited to the camp.
By way of comparison, other schools with big presences at the festival include Minnesota (5) and Northeastern (3). But nobody has the massive presence that BC will - another sign of the stocked recruiting classes that BC keeps piling up under coach Katie King-Crowley.
Congratulations and good luck to the current and former Eagles at USA camp.