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Ice Hockey - 05. January 2018.

Taylor Heise Named Captain of 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team

Gracie Ostertag, Dominique Petrie & Madeline Wethington Tabbed Alternate Captains; Team USA Opens Tournament Jan. 6 vs. Sweden at 11:30 a.m. ET

DMITROV, Russia –áForwardáTaylor Heiseá(Lake City, Minn.) has been named captain of theá2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

In addition,áGracie Ostertagá(Shakopee, Minn.),áDominique Petrieá(Beverly Hills, Calif.) andáMadeline Wethingtoná(Edina, Minn.) were tabbed alternate captains.

“Taylor is a real positive and encouraging teammate that has great passion for representing the U.S. on the international stage," saidáJoel Johnson, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team. “All four of these players bring great experience as a leadership group and have a positive influence on this team both on and off the ice.”

Heise helped the U.S. earn gold medals at both the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic, and the 2016 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario. The Lake City, Minnesota, native most recently captained the 2017 U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team at the Under-18 Series vs. Canada last August in Lake Placid, New York.

Ostertag, Petrie and Wethington were all part of the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team, while Ostertag and Wethington also helped the 2016 U.S. squad earn gold in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Team USA is set to compete at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship, which runs Jan. 6-13 in Dmitrov, Russia. The U.S. opens the competition vs. Sweden on Saturday (Jan. 6) at 11:30 a.m. ET.

For complete coverage of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team, clickáhere.

2018 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championshipá• Team USA Schedule
Jan. 6-13 - Ice Palace - Dmitrov, Russia

Date Opponent/Round Time (Local/ET)
Sat., Jan. 6 Sweden 7:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 7 Russia 3:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 9 Canada 3:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 10 Quarterfinals TBD
Fri., Jan. 12 Semifinals TBD
Sat., Jan. 13 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.
á Gold-Medal Game 7:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
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