Kendall Coyne Schofield poses for a portrait during the Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic shoot on Sept. 12, 2021 in Irvine, California.
In short tournaments such as the Olympics, a coach relies on versatility throughout the lineup to create favorable matchups in any given situation. Brandt’s ability to play center or on the wing and move up or down the lineup as needed is a wonderful resource during a tournament such as this.
The 26-year-old forward was tied for the team lead in points (3G, 2A) in 2018 and her production in the offensive zone will be important for Team USA. She will likely begin the tournament in a top-6 role and receive time on the power play to get herself going early in the tournament.
Along with Bozek, Carpenter did not make the roster in 2018 after representing the United States in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. One of her biggest international moments came when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Canada in the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Carpenter finished her career at Boston College as the highest-scoring hockey player in school history, men or women. She finished the 2014 Olympics with a team-leading four goals and her ability to finish around the net will be a welcomed attribute to the roster.
Offensive production and leadership were two characteristics Katie Million and her staff prioritized during the selection process and Compher is a player that possesses both of those qualities. In her senior season at Boston University, she served as team captain and led the team in goals scored.
Kendall Coyne Schofield
High-end speed is a neat characteristic to have but knowing how to utilize it as a weapon is one path to becoming an elite hockey player. Schofield’s ability to stretch the ice and attack open space is a joy to watch. In addition to her responsibilities on the ice, her role as team captain will be critical as she helps the team navigate ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19.
As the undisputed top-line center, Decker’s playmaking ability will be essential if the U.S. plans to leave Beijing with a gold medal. Wingers cherish the opportunity to play with Decker as her vision on the ice rivals any woman in the tournament. Decker led the team in 2018 with three assists in five games.
In addition to Schofield, Kessel also possesses elite speed to help stretch the ice. But it’s her playmaking ability in the offensive zone coupled with a lethal shot that makes her a threat anytime the puck is on her stick. Kessel only registered one assist during the five games of the 2018 Olympics and will need more production to help the United States accomplish its goal.
The 2022 Winter Games might be the last time we see Knight compete in the Winter Olympics. As the lone three-time Olympian on the roster, Knight has represented her country since 2006 when she participated in the Under-22 Series vs. Canada. She was named one of Team USA’s three best players during the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
In addition to Harvey, Murphy is one of two teenagers on the roster and represents the next generation of women hockey players. Murphy is stoked to play alongside Schofield, a player she has looked up to since she was 12 years old. In her freshman season at the University of Minnesota, she finished second on the team with 18 points.
One of the biggest advantages for Team USA against most of the competition is roster depth. On almost any team, Pannek would probably be a first-line forward and receive tons of ice time on special teams. However, on the U.S. roster, she will be slotted into a middle-six role and her offensive production is a huge bonus. Team Canada benefits from a similar advantage but it’s players like Pannek that could be the difference in the eventual gold-medal showdown.
Roque is another forward that provided depth throughout the American lineup. After helping the University of Wisconsin capture the 2019 National Championship, Roque finished her senior season with a career high 58 points (26 Goals, 32 Assists)
Scamurra debuted with the national program during the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She played four years of collegiate hockey at Northeastern University and was named best defensive forward in Women’s Hockey East Association (WHEA) in her senior season.
Zumwinkle finished the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship tied with Knight for second on the team in goals scored (4) and total points (6). In addition to forwards Compher, Murphy, Roque and Scamurra, Zumwinkle will also be making her Olympic debut in 2022.