The U18 group is also doing its part to teach the older players, like the case of Brianna Decker, a member of the 2018 gold medal-winning team, who is now an assistant coach with the Under-18 Women’s Select Team.
Pfalzer enjoys having all of the players on the ice together, from the gold medal-winning veterans to the ones who might be participating in their first festival.
“It’s awesome to see new faces,” Pfalzer said. “It’s great to see faces that have been around the program for a while and then also some newer, younger faces who are going to be key components to this team for years.”
Before they get that far, USA Hockey’s evaluators are focusing on the women’s U18 and U22 Series, followed by the Four Nations Cup in November, the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in January and the 2020 Women’s World Championship in March and April 2020.
It all begins this week at the Women’s National Festival.
“It’s fun to get back at it with everyone,” Pfalzer said. “We work so hard for the whole summer, on and off the ice. It’s fun to start the year off on a good note.”
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