Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker headline the U.S. women’s hockey roster for the world championship in May in Nova Scotia, Canada.
It marks the program’s first major tournament since the 2019 World Championship, which it won in a final shootout over Finland.
The 2020 World Championship was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Four Nations Cup, formerly the most prestigious annual tournament, was last played in 2018.
The Americans will defend their Olympic title in 10 months, making these worlds a test for how they stack up with longtime rival Canada.
In the last six months, Olympic captain Meghan Duggan and three-time Olympian twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando announced retirements. Emily Matheson, one of the program’s top defenders, is pregnant and due in June.
The U.S. won the last five world titles starting in 2013, though the most recent in 2019 came with controversy.
Host Finland, after upsetting Canada in the semifinals, forced the U.S. into overtime. The Finns scored and celebrated before the goal was overturned due to non-incidental goaltender interference. The U.S. went on to win via shootout, just as it did in the PyeongChang Olympic final with Canada.
The U.S. coach since PyeongChang has been Bob Corkum, a 12-season NHL defenseman who succeeded Olympic head coach Robb Stauber.
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U.S. women’s hockey roster named for world championship originally appeared on NBCSports.com