Sault Ste. Marie native Abby Roque named to U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team

MINNEAPOLIS — An Upper Peninsula skater is among the 22 women’s hockey players to join Hilary Knight after she was selected for her record-tying fourth Olympics at Beijing in February.

Knight and Sault Ste. Marie’s Abby Roque were chosen by USA Hockey as the U.S. women seek to defend their gold medal from the South Korea Games in 2018.

Roque, a forward, played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin where she was named 2020 WCHA Player of the Year and the Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year for the top American-born women’s player by USA Hockey, according to a recent report from the Sault News of Sault Ste. Marie.

While this will be her first Olympic team, Roque twice has been named to the U.S. women’s national team for World Championship tournaments held by the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2020 and 2021. She made her U.S. women’s national team debut at the 2019-20 Rivalry Series.

The final 23-player roster was announced Saturday night at the second intermission of the NHL’s Winter Classic game in Minneapolis.

Knight joined Jenny Potter, Angela Ruggiero and Julie Chu as the only American women to make four Olympic hockey teams. Knight, the 32-year-old forward, broke the national team’s career world championships scoring record last summer that was previously held by Cammi Granato.

Decker and fellow forwards Kendall Coyne Schofield and Amanda Kessel and defenseman Lee Stecklein were all named to their third Olympics.

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