The Minnesota Whitecaps will be well-represented at the 2015 Four Nations Cup, which takes place November 4-8 in Sweden. A total of eight players and one coach from the Whitecaps will participate in the fall tournament that includes the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Finland. Games will be played in the cities of Sundsvall and Kovland.
The 23-player U.S. Women’s National Team will feature Whitecaps goaltenders Jessie Vetter and Alex Rigsby, along with defensemen Anne Schleper and Monique Lamoureux. Forwards include Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Allie Thunstrom. In addition, Whitecaps head coach, Robb Stauber, will continue in his role as an assistant coach for Team USA. A pre-tournament camp will be held in Chicago, IL, prior to the team’s departure to Sweden.
“I am looking forward to putting the USA jersey back on with my teammates,” said Lamoureux-Davidson. “It is always an amazing opportunity to go compete against the best in the world with such a committed group.” When asked about the role the Whitecaps have played for her this year, she added, “Having the opportunity to play for the Whitecaps is giving me the chance to compete at a high level. The Whitecaps are going to be big part of how women’s hockey develops in the Midwest, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
U.S. teammate Anne Schleper echoed these sentiments by saying, "Being a member of the Whitecaps has allowed me to keep my competitive edge throughout the season. We have a great coaching staff and a very talented roster which challenges me to get better every day and every game.
Rounding out the group of Whitecaps in Sweden are defenseman Mira Jalosuo and goaltender Noora Raty, who will be representing Team Finland.
The Whitecaps will resume play in December, as they face U-19 powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s on December 5th and 6th, before the Boston Pride of the NWHL comes to Ridder Arena for a two-game series on December 12th and 13th.