Nicole Hensley participated in the 2021 U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp at the National Sports Center in Blaine in early June. Photo courtesy of USA Hockey
Nicole Hensley, the Lakewood native who won a gold medal with the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, was one 27 players selected for the 2021-22 U.S. Women's National Team Residency Program — a prelude for the 2022 Winter Games.
The athletes will head to Minnesota in October to begin the training program, which is held at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.
Hensley is one of the goalies in the program and the only Coloradoan on the roster. However, 27-year-old is one of 14 athletes from the 2018 team invited to the program.
The others are Cayla Barnes, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Cavallini, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Kelly Pannek, Maddie Rooney and Lee Stecklein.
USA Hockey will pick its 25-player roster for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship from the players in the residency program. That list is expected to be released later in July. The IIHF Women’s World Championship is August 20-31 in Calgary, Alberta.
The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team 23-player roster for the 2022 Olympic games will be announced in late December or early January.
Click here to read USA Hockey's full press release.
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