Team USA - 1999 Women's World Championship Roster

Here is U.S. National Team roster that competed at the 1999 Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland from March 8-14, 1999.

U.S. Team Roster

  # Name             Ht.  Wt. Birthdate S/C 1998 Team         Hometown

  1 Laurie Belliveau 5-5  160 Sep 17, 76 R Yale University    Manchester, MA
 34 Erin Whitten     5-5  136 Oct 26, 71 L 98 US Natl Team    Glens Falls, NY

 24 Chris Bailey     5-6  160 Feb  5, 72 L 98 US Olympic Team Marietta, NY
  3 Amy Coelho       5-8  155 May 24, 75 R rdia Univ.    North Truro, MA
 14 Catherine Hanson 5-4  125 Jun  6, 76 L Providence College Marquette, MI
  7 Sue Merz         5-5  145 Apr 10, 72 L 98 US Olympic Team Greenwich, Conn.
  2 Tara Mounsey     5-6  150 Mar 12, 78 L Brown University   rd, NH
  4 Angela Ruggiero  5-9  175 Jan  3, 80 R Harvard University Harrison Twp, MI

 18 Alana Blahoski   5-7 126 Apr 29, 74 R 98 US Olympic Team  St. Paul, MN
  6 Karyn Bye        5-8 160 May 18, 71 R 98 US Olympic Team  River Falls, WI
 22 Natalie Darwitz  5-2 125 Oct 13, 83 R Eagan H.S.          Eagan, MN
 25 Tricia Dunn      5-8 150 Apr 25, 74 L 98 US Olympic Team  Derry, NH
 10 Brandy Fisher    5-5 150 Oct 28, 75 R Univ of New Hampsh. Colton, NY
 21 Cammi Granato    5-7 140 Mar 25, 71 R 98 US Olympic Team  Downers Grove, IL
 27 Sarah Hood       5-9 170 Feb  1, 76 L Dartmouth College   Keweenaw Bay, MI
 20 Katie King       5-9 180 May 24, 75 L 98 US Olympic Team  Salem, NH
 15 Shelley Looney   5-5 140 Jan 21, 72 R 98 US Olympic Team  Brownstown Twp, MI
 19 Stephanie O'Sullivan 5-7 145 073071 L 98 US Natl Team     Dorchester, MA
 12 Jennifer Schmidgall 5-3 145 Jan 12, 79 L 98 US Olympic Team Edina, MN
 17 Krissy Wendell   5-7 155 Sep 12, 81 L Park Center H.S.    Brooklyn Park, MN
 Head Coach:
    Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) 

 Assistant Coach:
    David Quinn (Omaha, Neb.)

 Team Leader/Associate Coach:
    Julie Sasner (Madison, Wis.)

 Team Physician:
    Dr. Brad Stevens (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

 Assistant Trainer:
    Charlene Alger (Centerville, Mass.)

 Massage Trainer:
    Misha Manchik (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

 Equipment Manager:
    Bob Webster (Littleton, Colo.)

 Team Consultant:
    Peter Haberl (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

 Equipment Manager:
    Heather Ahearn (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

USA Hockey Announces Roster for 1999 U.S. Women's National Team

USA Hockey Press Release, Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 2, 1999)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 2, 1999) - USA Hockey today announced the coaching staff and roster for the 1999 United States Women's National Team, which will compete in the 1999 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, March 8-14 in Espoo and Vantaa, Finland.

The announcement was made by USA Hockey President Walter L. Bush, Jr. (Edina, Minn.) and International Council Chairman Ron DeGregorio (Salem, N.H.).

The 1999 U.S. Women's National Team will be coached by Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.), who guided the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team to the historic gold medal in Nagano, Japan. The team's 6-0-0 run at the Olympics and 3-1 victory against Canada in the gold-medal game came after a 32-game pre-Olympic tour during which Team USA posted a 24-7-1 mark.

Smith will be assisted by David Quinn (Omaha, Neb.), who is an assistant coach with the men's ice hockey team at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Quinn is making his first appearance with a U.S. Women's National Team, but previously served as a member of the coaching staff for the 1996 U.S. Women's Select Camp and for a three-game exhibition series against Sweden which followed the camp. Quinn was a member of the 1986 U.S. National Junior Team that captured the bronze medal at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship, and was a candidate for the 1988 U.S Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.

Julie Sasner (Madison, Wis.), head coach of the newly-formed University of Wisconsin varsity women's ice hockey program, will serve as team leader/associate coach. Sasner most recently served as head coach of the 1998 U.S. Women's Select Team that posted a 2-2-0 record to place second at the 1998 Three Nations Cup.

The 20-player roster will feature 11 Olympians. Defensemen Chris Bailey (Marietta, N.Y.), Sue Merz (Greenwich, Conn.), Tara Mounsey (rd, N.H.) and Angela Ruggiero (Harrison Township, Mich.); forwards Alana Blahoski (St. Paul, Minn.), Karyn Bye (River Falls, Wis.), Tricia Dunn (Derry, N.H.), Cammi Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.), Katie King (Salem, N.H.), Shelley Looney (Brownstown Township, Mich.) and Jenny Schmidgall (Edina, Minn.) all made history as members of the gold medal-winning 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.

Granato is the only player to have competed with the USA Hockey women's international program since its inception in 1990. The captain of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team, she tied for the team lead in scoring at the Winter Games with eight points (4-4) in six games. Granato also tallied the first U.S. goal in Olympic women's ice hockey competition.

Bye, the assistant captain of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team, also tied for the team lead in scoring at the Winter Games with eight points (5-3) in six games. In recognition of her outstanding play, Bye was named the 1998 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year.

Joining the Olympians on the 1999 U.S. Women's National Team roster are goaltender Erin Whitten (Glens Falls, N.Y.) and forward Stephanie O'Sullivan (Dorchester, Mass.), both veterans of international competition.

Whitten is making her fourth appearance at an IIHF Women's World Championship (1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999), while O'Sullivan is making her third appearance (1994, 1997 and 1999).

Joining the squad are seven newcomers to IIHF Women's World Championship competition. Goaltender Laurie Belliveau (Manchester, Mass.) and forwards Brandy Fisher (Colton, N.Y.) and Sarah Hood (Keweenaw Bay, Mich.) are all making their first appearance on a U.S. Women's National Team. Belliveau and Hood were finalists for The 1998 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, and Fisher was named the first-ever recipient of the honor, presented annually to the nation's top intercollegiate varsity women's ice hockey player.

Defensemen Amy Coelho (North Truro, Mass.) and Catherine Hanson (Marquette, Mich.), and forwards Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.) and Krissy Wendell (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), are also newcomers to the U.S. Women's National Team. Coelho gained international playing experience as a member of the 1996 and 1998 U.S. Women's Select Teams. Hanson, Darwitz and Wendell all made their international debuts as members of the 1998 U.S. Women's Select Team. Darwitz, 15, is the youngest player ever to be named to a U.S. Women's National Team.

"I am excited about this group of athletes," said Smith. "The 11 Olympians give this team a very strong nucleus. With the addition of players that have extensive international playing experience and new, younger players, I feel we have the right combination to have a very successful tournament."


1999 IIHF Women's World Championship
March 8-14  Espoo and Vantaa, Finland

Date            U.S. Opponent   
Feb. 21-28      Training Camp (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 
March 1         vs. Canada (Exhibition Game - Toronto, Ont.) 
March 8         vs. Russia (Preliminary Round) 
March 9         vs. Sweden (Preliminary Round) 
March 11        vs. China (Preliminary Round) 
March 13        Semifinal Game 
March 14        Bronze and Gold-Medal Games

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