U.S. Women’s National Team roster announced for December rivalry series games

Team USA looking to building on 2-0 series advantage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the 26 players who have been selected tothe U.S. Women’s National Team that will face Canada in the third and fourth games of the 2023-24 Rivalry Series in December. 

Game three is set for Dec. 14 in Kitchener, Ont., with faceoff slated for 7 p.m. ET at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, while game four will be played at Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, Ont., on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. ET. Both contests will be aired live on NHL Network. 

Highlighting the U.S. roster is four-time Olympian and nine-time world champion Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), along with the Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.), who was the first-overall selection in the 2023 PWHL Draft. 

Team USA is up 2-0 in the seven-game Rivalry Series, having earned a 3-1 win in Tempe, Arizona, on Nov. 8 and a 5-2 victory in Los Angeles on Nov. 11.

The U.S. roster has 23 players who were part of Team USA for the two November Rivalry Series games. Along with Knight and Heise the group includes Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.), Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.), Laila Edwards (Cleveland, Ohio), Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Rory Guilday (Minnetonka, Minn.), Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.), Caroline Harvey (Salem, N.H.), Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.), Gabbie Hughes (Lino Lakes, Minn.), Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, Ill.), Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Abbey Levy (Congers, N.Y.), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.), Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.), Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) and Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.). 

Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) and Ally Simpson (Frisco, Texas) will make their U.S. Women’s National Team debut, while Anna Wilgren (Hudson, Wis.) is returning to the national team stage, last competing for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the My Why Tour presented by Toyota in the lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.