Oswego youth invited to national hockey camp

USA Hockey has announced the 30 players who have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp continuing through Aug. 18 in Lake Placid, and among them is Taylar Cianfarano of Oswego.

The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that will take part in the 2013 Under-18 Series vs. Canada Aug. 22 to 25 in Lake Placid. The 22-player roster will be announced on Aug. 19 with practice sessions starting that day.

The players will take to the ice today at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. Players will be split into two teams (blue and white) for the duration of camp and all on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Of the 30 players attending, Sydney Baldwin (Shorewood/Minn.), Cianfarano, Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago) were members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp last year and advanced to the Under-18 Series vs. Canada.

In addition to Baldwin, Cianfarano, Rolfes and Zarzecki, Kenzie Kent (Norwell, Mass.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) helped the team collect the silver medal in January at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The Under-18 Series is a three-game competition vs. Canada that began in 2007.

Over the course of those six years, the United States has an 8-10 record.

The IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championship is scheduled to be played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The dates and location of the tournament will be announced at a later date.

Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

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