As the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 get closer, the plot continues to thicken for the U.S. women’s ice hockey team.
On Monday, USA Hockey announced that two additional players, Haley Skarupa and Sidney Morin, will be joining the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team, bringing the roster to 26 players. The Olympic team, which will be announced on Jan. 1, will consist of 23.
Skarupa, a 23-year-old forward, is an alumnus of Boston College and currently plays for the Boston Pride in the National Women’s Hockey League. She has played in three IIHF Women’s World Championships with Team USA, earning gold in all three, in addition to three Four Nations Cups.
Morin is a 22-year-old defender who played college hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth and currently plays professionally in Sweden. She captained the Bulldogs as a senior and was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. In 2013, she helped the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team to a world silver medal.
Skarupa and Morin join defenseman Cayla Barnes as the most recent additions to the squad. Barnes, a three-time under-18 world champion and current freshman at Boston College, was added to the roster prior to the Four Nations Cup.
The two join the team ahead of the final two games of The Time Is Now Tour, which features games against Canada in St. Paul, Minnesota on Dec. 3 and San Jose, California on Dec. 15. There will also be two additional games against Canada; one on Dec. 5 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and one on Dec. 17 in Edmonton, Alberta.