Strong Harvard Presence on U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team’s Pre-IIHF World Championship Roster

Josephine Pucci is one of three current Harvard players to be named to the pre-IIHF Women's National Team roster (USA Hockey).

Three current and two former Harvard women’s hockey players have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Pre-IIHF Women’s World Championship roster, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. Current team members Jillian Dempsey, Michelle Picard and Josephine Pucci will join veterans Julie Chu ’06-07 and Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 on the squad.

This particular quintet of current and former Crimson skaters has played together once before, helping the U.S. National Team take home the title at the 2011 Four Nations Cup. Picard, the youngest player on the roster, will look to make her second appearance with the national team, and first at the IIHF World Championships, while Dempsey also looks to play in her first IIHF tournament. Pucci helped Team USA claim the 2011 IIHF World Championship title last April in Zurich, Switzerland.

Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, will continue to lead the squad after seeing the team capture last year’s IIHF World Championship title. Stone will oversee Team USA’s training camp from March 25-April 3 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and USA Hockey will announce the final tournament roster April 1. Tournament play will begin April 4 in Burlington, Vt.

For the complete Team USA preliminary roster, click here.