BEMIDJI, Minn.— Bemidji State University women’s hockey player Stephanie Anderson is set to represent the United States in the upcoming IIHF Women’s Hockey World Championships, March 28-April 4 in Malmo, Sweden. Anderson, who led the Beavers with 14 goals last season, is the first player in program history to represent the United States in a national competition and the first player since Zuzana Tomcikova (Slovakia) in 2010 to compete in an international competition.
Anderson and the rest of Team USA will begin preparations for the tournament with a six-day training camp, March 20-25 in East Meadow, New York, before departing for Sweden.
Team USA will open the tournament against Canada at 9 a.m. March 28. The United States will also face Finland (March 29 at 1 p.m.) and Russia (March 31 at 5 a.m.). The matchups for the quarterfinals (April 1) will be set depending upon the results of the first three games with the winners advancing to the semifinals (April 3) and the medal games (April 5).
The 23-player roster for the United States features 13 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 Olympic Team. The full roster can be found HERE.
The United States earned the gold medal in 2013, the most recent IIHF Women’s Hockey World Championship, and has played Canada in the gold medal game in all 15 of the previous events. Team USA has an all-time record of 58-2-6-8-1 (W, OTW, OTL, L, T) in 75 games, while outscoring its opponents 505-117 at the event.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).