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…that Cammi Granato (USA) has a brother, Tony, who coaches the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL

Coach Ben Smith is back behind the Americans' bench, and he brings with him a team capable of winning gold and almost assured of at least a silver. Eleven players are from the team that lost to Canada 3-2 at the Olympics two years ago, and 16 players were on the U.S. team that defeated Canada in the finals of the Four Nations Cup in Sweden late in 2003. In goal, Smith will rely on Pam Dreyer and Chanda Gunn. It was Dreyer who stopped all eleven Canadian shots in the dramatic shootout in the Four Nations Cup, and Gunn is a star at Northeastern University. On defence is veteran Angela Ruggiero and Four Nations players Kim Insalaco, Julianne Vasichek, and Kerry Weiland, as well as rookies Kelli Halcisak and Molly Engstrom. Insalaco, a forward for the Oakville Ice in the NWHL, will make her debut on defence for USA in Halifax. The forwards for Team USA include a veteran contingent: Julie Chu, Natalie Darwitz, Tricia Dunn, Cammi Granato, Kathleen Kauth, Katie King, Kristin King, Shelley Looney, Jenny Potter, Kelly Stephens, and Krissy Wendell, all members of the Four Nations Cup team. The final forward is Andrea Kilbourne, a member of the team from the 2002 Olympics.

Roster/Alignement
Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2003-04 Team
Joueuse L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d'origine Équipe 2003-2004
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
Chanda Gunn L/G 5'7 138 01/27/80 Huntington Beach, Calif. Northeastern University
Pam Dreyer L/G 5'9 155 08/09/81 Eagle River, Alaska 2003 US Women's Team
Defence/Défense
Angela Ruggiero* R/D 5'9 190 01/03/80 Harper Woods, Mich. Harvard University
Julianne Vasichek L/G 5'10 175 02/09/83 Great Falls, Mont. U. of Minnesota-Duluth
Kerry Weiland L/G 5'4 135 10/18/80 Palmer, Alaska 2003 US Women's Team
Kim Insalaco L/G 5'6 140 11/04/80 Rochester, N.Y. Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Kelli Halcisak R/D 5'8 145 01/26/82 Grosse Ile, Mich. Providence College
Molly Engstrom R/D 5'9 170 03/01/83 Siren, Wis. U. of Wisconsin
Forwards/Avants
Kelly Stephens R/D 5'6 130 06/04/83 Seattle, Wash. U. of Minnesota
Jenny Potter* L/G 5'4 145 01/12/79 Eagan, Minn. U. of Minnesota-Duluth
Julie Chu^ R/D 5'8 155 03/13/82 Fairfield, Conn. Harvard University
Shelley Looney* R/D 5'5 140 01/21/72 Brownstown Twp., Mich. Vancouver Griffins (NWHL)
Kathleen Kauth L/G 5'8 150 03/28/79 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Krissy Wendell L/G 5'6 155 09/12/81 Brooklyn Park, Minn. U. of Minnesota
Kristin King R/D 5'4 135 07/21/79 Piqua, Ohio Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Katie King* L/G 5'9 170 05/24/75 Salem, N.H.` 2003 US Women's Team
Cammi Granato* R/D 5'7 140 03/25/71 Downers Grove, Ill. Vancouver Griffins (NWHL)
Natalie Darwitz R/D 5'2 130 10/13/83 Edina, Minn. U. of Minnesota
Tricia Dunn* L/G 5'8 150 04/25/74 Derry, N.H. 2003 US Women's Team
Andrea Kilbourne R/D 5'6 175 04/19/80 Saranac Lake, N.Y. Princeton University

Staff/Personnel
President, USA Hockey/ Président, hockey É. - U.: Ron DeGregorio Salem, N.H. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Executive Director: Doug Palazzari Colorado Springs, Colo. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Vice President and International Council Chairperson: Tony Rossi Chicago, Ill. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Senior Director, Intl. Administration: Art Berglund Colorado Springs, Colo. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Senior Director, Hockey Operations: Jim Johannson Colorado Springs, Colo. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr. Edina, Minn. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Director, Media and Public Relations: Chuck Menke Colorado Springs, Colo. USA HOCKEY, INC.
Head Coach / Entraîneure-chef: Ben Smith Gloucester, Mass.  
Asst. coach / Entraîneur adjoint: Alana Blahoski St. Paul, Minn.  
Asst. coach/ Entraîneur adjoint: Tim Gerrish Saranac Lake, N.Y.  
Asst. coach/ Entraîneur adjoint: Mike Gilligan Burlington, Vt.  
For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines