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Cammi Granato

Age: 30 Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.

Granato, who captained the gold medal-winning '98 Olympic team, has been the unofficial ambassador of American women's hockey for more than a decade. She is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the U.S. women's program and the only American to play in all seven Women's World Championship tournaments. She was second in scoring on the 2000-'01 national team, and U.S. coach Ben Smith is counting on Granato's leadership and scoring ability as Team USA goes for gold again.

Granato is the sister of now-retired NHL player Tony Granato.

Krissy Wendell

Age: 20 Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Wendell, already in her fourth year on the national team, is the leader of a pack of youngsters who have revivified Team USA. Last season, playing the center position on the same line with Granato, Wendell led the team in scoring. The year before, she led all scorers with three goals and nine assists in the World Championships. Although still too young to enter a bar in her native Minneapolis, Wendell has established herself as one of the world's elite players. As a high school sophomore, she scored 12 goals while playing on the boys' varsity team.

Karyn Bye

Age: 30 Hometown: River Falls, Wis.

After spending much of her career as one of the national team's top forwards, Bye switched to defense last year and established herself as one of the premier scoring defensemen in the world. She had a goal and six assists at last April's Women's World Championship. This season, she is back at the forward position. She had five goals and three assists as a forward in the '98 Olympics. Bye has played on six World Championship teams and is a two-time USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year.

Natalie Darwitz

Age: 18 Hometown: Eagan, Minn.

Darwitz, one of the fastest skaters and best puck-handlers in the women's game, made the national team for the first time at age 15. This is her fourth year on the squad and her first Olympic appearance. She is the daughter of a high school hockey coach. "I think about how many kids my age get to experience this, and it's not a lot. I'm fortunate and lucky to be doing this," she said. Darwitz was Minnesota Prep Player of the Year as an eighth-grader.

Julie Chu

Age: 19 Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.

Chu started out as a figure skater at age 8, but "spent more time laying down on the ice than anything else" and quickly decided hockey was a better fit. Her father was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to New York City at the age of 16. This is Chu's second season on the national team. She was sixth on the team in scoring a year ago.

Katie King

Age: 26 Hometown: Salem, N.H.

King tied for third in scoring in the '98 Olympics with four goals and four assists and was third on the team in scoring last season. At 5-foot-9, 179 pounds, King is the team's biggest forward and uses her body to battle for position and loose pucks in front of the net.

Sarah Tueting

Age: 25

Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.

Tueting was the top goaltender in the '98 Games with a 1.15 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. She stopped 21 of 22 shots in Team USA's victory over Canada in the gold-medal match. Tueting plays the piano and cello and was a member of Dartmouth University's symphony orchestra.

Sara DeCosta

Age: 24 Hometown: Warwick, R.I.

DeCosta started playing hockey when she was 5, and became a goaltender partly because of her older brother. "He'd have his buddies over to play street hockey and they needed a goalie, so he'd throw me in there, and they'd just fire pucks at me," she said. DeCosta played in three games in the '98 Olympics and is the only goalie in the world to earn a shutout against Canada in international play.

A.J. Mleczko

Age: 26 Hometown: Nantucket, Mass.

Mleczko scored a pair of goals and added two assists in America's six games at the '98 Olympics. She led U.S. defensemen in scoring last season and was fourth overall on the team with 15 goals and 32 assists. She was named the 1999 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year. The Harvard graduate is one of only two players on the team who are married.

Angela Ruggiero

Age: 22 Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif.

Ruggiero was just 18 when she played in all six games for Team USA in the '98 Olympics. She has taken time off from her schooling at Harvard University to play for the Olympic team once again. She was second in scoring among defensemen last season. Two seasons ago at Harvard, she was the nation's top-scoring defenseman.


Hayley Wickenheiser

Age: 23 Hometown: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

Wickenheiser, regarded by many as the top women's hockey player in the world, missed last April's World Championship due to an injury. She made the national team at age 15 and has won four world titles with Team Canada. She competed in the '98 Winter Games, then played on Canada's softball team in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She participated in the Philadelphia Flyers' rookie camp in '98 and '99.

Jennifer Botterill

Age: 22Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Botterill was the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 World Championships, her third world tournament with Team Canada. She played her collegiate hockey in the United States at Harvard, where she was team captain and won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in U.S. women's college hockey. Her mother, Coreen, was a speedskater in the '64 and '68 Winter Games.

Tammy Lee Shewchuk

Age: 24

Hometown: St-Laurent, Quebec.

Shewchuk played collegiate hockey at Harvard, where she broke Team USA defenseman A.J. Mleczko's school scoring record. She won an NCAA championship with Harvard in '99. She has played on the last two World Championship teams for Canada. She wants to become a sportscaster after her playing days are over.

Cassie Campbell

Age: 28 Hometown: Brampton, Ontario.

Campbell, Canada's team captain, has played on five World Championship teams and for the '98 Olympic silver-medalists. She has been an assistant captain for the past four seasons. "We're going for the gusto this year," Campbell says of the Olympics. "We're putting everything on the table."

Therese Brisson

Age: 35 Hometown: Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec.

The defenseman has captained the last three of Canada's seven World Championship teams. She has played in five World Championship tournaments and the '98 Games. She had two goals and 13 assists in 18 games for Canada last season.

Danielle Goyette

Age: 35 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta.

Goyette has six World Championship gold medals and a silver from the '98 Olympics, where she led all players in goals scored. She was her team's leading scorer in the 2000 World Championships.


Maria Rooth, Sweden

Age: 22

The left-handed forward is one of two Swedish players from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, one of the top women's hockey programs in the United States. She led the Bulldogs and the entire WCHA in scoring with 15 goals and nine assists before leaving to join the national team. Rooth first played for the national team at age 16, then cemented her position as one of Sweden's elite players during the 1999-'00 season when she led the national team in goal-scoring for the first time.

Erika Holst, Sweden

Age: 22

A veteran of four World Championship tournaments, Holst has been on the national team since she was 16 and played in the '98 Olympics. She plays collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she was tied for second on the team in scoring before leaving to join the national team.

Tuula Puputti, Finland

Age: 24

Puputti, a goalie for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has been Finland's No. 1 goaltender since she appeared in the '98 Winter Games. She came very close to defeating Team USA at the 2000 Women's World Championships when she held a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left, but the team ended up losing 4-3. She had a 7-0 record at UM-D with a goals-against average of 1.84 before leaving for the Olympics.