Lake Placid hosting USA Hockey festival

LAKE PLACID — Over 100 of the best girls and women’s hockey players in the country are in Lake Placid for the 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival.

The event, which consists of practice sessions and scrimmages, is open to the public and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 13.

USA Hockey will select 22-player rosters for U-18 and U-22 teams, and they will both face Canada in a best-of-three series from Wednesday, Aug. 14, to Saturday, Aug. 17.

Tickets are available to those games through the Olympic Center box office or online by visiting whiteface.com/events/usa-hockey-womens-festival.

“Being back here in Lake Placid is always special, and it just has an Olympic feel that we want these athletes to have as our road to 2022 begins,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national teams for USA Hockey.

“It’s just an amazing opportunity to bring all of the nation’s best players here in one location to not only evaluate but then select our U-18 and U-22 teams to go on and play Canada in a three-game series next week.”

The final rosters for both the U-18 and U-22 teams are expected to be announced Saturday, Aug. 10.

Maura Crowell, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, is the head coach at Minnesota Duluth, and she will be serving as head coach for the U.S. U-18 Women’s Select Team.

Minnesota head coach Joel Johnson, a native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, will be behind the bench for the U.S. U-22 Women’s Select Team.

Games part of the U-18 and U-22 series will be streamed live at HockeyTV.com.

Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, whose shootout goal delivered a gold medal to the U.S. women’s national team in PyeongChang, is among the 107 players invited to participate at the festival.

Kendall Coyne-Schofield is an invitee after competing in the NHL Fastest Skater competition at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose.

U.S. women’s national team captain Meghan Duggan was invited but is unable to participate.

Ten players are from New York, including Natalie Buchbinder (Fairport), Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor), Kat Hughes (New York), Abigail Levy (Congers), Maureen Murphy (Buffalo), Emily Pfalzer (Buffalo), Haley Scamurra (Williamsville), Haley Winn (Rochester), Olivia Zafuto (Niagara Falls) and Kiara Zanon (Rochester).

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Ricky St. Clair has been the sports editor at the Press-Republican since 2016. He's a State University of New York College at Plattsburgh alumnus.