By Tim Polzer
January 01, 2014

Amanda Kessel won NCAA player of the year honors at Minnesota. (Harry How/Getty Images) Amanda Kessel won NCAA player of the year honors at Minnesota. (Harry How/Getty Images)

College stars including NCAA player of the year Amanda Kessel will join 11 returning veterans on the U.S. 2014 Olympic women's hockey team announced Wednesday during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kessel, the sister of Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel, isn't the only Team USA member with ties to NHL stars who will wear the red, white and blue in Sochi. Boston College's Alex Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL star Bobby Carpenter.

Kessel and Carpenter will team with veterans of previous Olympics, including Julie Chu, 31, who made her fourth Olympic team and Jessie Vetter, the No. 1 goaltender during the 2010 Games.

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Katey Stone, the first female head coach of the U.S. team, will begin Olympic play on Feb. 8 against Finland with a roster composed of 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders.

After winning gold in the sport's 1998 Olympic debut, the U.S. team has won two silvers (2002, 2010) and a bronze (2006).

Here's the complete roster per USA Hockey:

Lee Stecklein, Defense

Monique Lamoureux, Forward

Megan Bozek, Defense

Meghan Duggan, Forward

Julie Chu, Forward

Brianna Decker, Forward

Anne Schleper, Defense

Kelli Stack, Forward

Jocelyne Lamoureux, Forward

Lyndsey Fry, Forward

Gigi Marvin Defense

Hilary Knight, Forward

Kacey Bellamy, Defense

Michelle Picard Defense

Josephine Pucci Defense

Alex Carpenter Forward

Kendall Coyne Forward

Amanda Kessel Forward

Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle, Goaltender

Molly Schaus Goaltender

Jessie Vetter Goaltender

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