The Women’s World Championship hockey tournament begins today in Ottawa and a record six UND players will be involved.
United States — Jocelyne Lamoureux (F), Monique Lamoureux (F)
Finland — Michelle Karvinen (F)
Sweden — Johanna Fallman (D)
Germany — Tanja Eisenschmid (D), Susanne Fellner (D)
Two other local players will be on the U.S. team in Warroad’s Gigi Marvin and Roseau’s Sarah Erickson.
This tournament should be a great preview of the 2014 Sochi Games, being that they are just 10 months away. The tournament opens in classic form with the U.S. playing Canada at 6:30 p.m. tonight. There will be a webcast on fasthockey.com.
The U.S. will play Finland on Wednesday afternoon and Switzerland on Friday afternoon. Monique led the World Championship in scoring last year with 14 points in 5 games.
Also of note, UND video coach Max Markowitz will be the video coach for the Finnish team.
Next week, three UND players will compete in the Division I Women’s Worlds, which is the second tier of teams. Josefine Jakobsen will play for Denmark, while Andrea Dalen and Jorid Dagfinrud play for Norway. Those games will be played in Norway.
I will try to update after the games.