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Women's Hockey Roundup: Sept. 14-18, 2014

No interesting topics or rants this week. Instead, you get what I'm supposed to talk about.

Jim Rogash
  • The Gophers announced their captains for the 2014-15 season. A pair of Rach(a)els -- senior forward Rachael Bona and senior defenseman Rachel Ramsey -- will wear the Cs, while senior F Meghan Lorence and sophomore D Lee Stecklein will wear the As. Solid choices all around -- Bona was a top-10 Kazmaier finalist, Ramsey the 2014 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, and Lorence a point-per-game player. While Stecklein didn't play with Minnesota last season, it was for good reason (she was only in Sochi with Team USA at the Olympics, nbd), so doubtless that's why she gets a nod.
  • In addition, senior forward Kristine Grenier was named captain of Bemidji State's team, with senior Alex Citrowske and junior Steph Anderson assisting. Grenier was the Beavers' leading scorer with eight goals last season, with three of them being game-winners.
  • 58 players were invited to Hockey Canada's National Women's Team Fall Festival, which is set for next week (Sept. 22-28) in Calgary. (schedule here) Among the college invitees, there will also be 10 members of the gold medal-winning Sochi team, including Natalie Spooner, Genevieve Lacasse and the hero of the gold medal game, Marie-Philip Poulin.
  • Caitlin Cahow was officially sworn into President Obama's Council on Fitness this week. She is the first hockey player to be on the council.
  • Canadian defenseman and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme announced her retirement from international competition Wednesday, at the same time joining TSN full-time as a SPORTSCENTRE host and reporter. Definitely bittersweet, but her hockey career isn't over -- she'll still be suiting up for the Furies this season.