UMD women's hockey: Three Bulldogs recruits playing for Canada, USA in upcoming U18 World Championship
Incoming goaltender Hailey MacLeod and defenseman Tova Henderson will play for Canada while incoming forward Danielle Burgen will suit up for the United States. Former Bulldogs captain Sydney Brodt will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S.
Three incoming Minnesota Duluth recruits will take part in the re-scheduled and re-located 2022 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship that gets underway Monday, June 6, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Incoming freshman forward Danielle Burgen of Lindstrom, Minnesota, is back with the United States Under-18 Women's National Team for a second time after winning gold with Team USA in 2020 while playing for Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell. Burgen had a single assist in the semifinals of that tournament as a 16-year-old. She is coming off a senior season in which she tallied 42 goals and 24 assists for Chisago Lakes High School.
Holy Cross' Katie Lachapelle has taken over as head coach of the U18 squad from Crowell, though Lachapelle's staff will include former Bulldogs captain and U.S. national team forward Sydney Brodt, who is making her debut as an assistant coach for Team USA.
Team USA plays an exhibition against Canada at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the University of Wisconsin's LaBahn Arena in Madison before opening preliminary play against Sweden at 8 p.m. Monday, June 6, at LaBahn.
Canada — which plays Sweden in its first preliminary game at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at LaBahn — features two incoming UMD freshmen out of Delta Hockey Academy in defenseman Tova Henderson and goaltender Hailey MacLeod. Henderson was named the top defenseman in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League's female U18 prep division in 2021-22 while MacLeod — who is set to back up UMD fifth-year senior Emma Soderberg in 2022-23 — was named the CSSHL's top goaltender.
The 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship was originally scheduled for January in Sweden, but was canceled due to COVID-19. It was then rescheduled and moved to Madison following pressure from the international hockey community after the 2021 tournament was also canceled by COVID-19.