COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) has been named the captain of the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from April 2-9, in Ottawa, Ont., it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Chu, a three-time Olympian (2002, 2006, 2010), has played in 220 games for the U.S. Women's National Team in a career that began in 1999. She served as captain of the U.S. Women's National Team that played in the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vermont.
In addition, Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) will serve as alternate captains. Both players represented the U.S. in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Bellamy has played 83 career games in a U.S. uniform, while Duggan has competed in 79 games for the United States.
"We have a great deal of leadership on this team and these three players have stepped up and earned this distinction,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. “Our captains set a great example for the group and represent our team-first mentality to the fullest.”
Chu is appearing in her ninth IIHF Women's World Championship, while Bellamy and Duggan are competing in their fifth world championship.
NOTES: Click here for the full U.S. Women's National Team roster, which was announced on March 30 ... The U.S. has won four of the last six world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... The U.S. Women's National Team opens tournament play against Canada on Tuesday (April 2) at 7:30 p.m. EDT ... Fans have multiple ways to follow the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship. FASTHockey has live streaming coverage of all Team USA games ... Exclusive behind-the-scene content will be available throughout the tournament at womensworlds.usahockey.com ... Also, all can join in the conversation on Twitter by going to @USAHockey and using the hashtag #2013WWC. Fans are also encouraged to visit USA Hockey's Facebook site by clicking here.