April 1, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Sophomore forward Taylor Wasylk received a spot on the U.S. National Team roster and will play alongside former Boston College All-Americans Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in Burlington, Vt. from April 7-14.
Wasylk will be making her first appearance on the senior women's national team, which has won the last three world championships (2008, 2009, 2011). The Port Huron, Mich. native had previously led Team USA to silver (2010) and gold (2009) medals at the IIHF World Championships as a member of the United State U18 teams.
Wasylk is one of 12 members that competed for NCAA Division I teams this past season. The sophomore was second on the team with 14 goals for the Eagles in 2011-12. The winger accumulated nine assists and a +11 plus/minus rating on the year. Boston College returned the NCAA Frozen Four for the second straight year, a first in program history. BC tied the program wins record at 24-10-3.
Schaus and Stack are two of the seven players on the team from the Canadian Women's Hockey League or the Western Women's Hockey League. In addition to being a part of the WNT player pool, the Eagle greats compete for the Boston Blades. The 2010 Vancouver Games silver medalists have been mainstays on the U.S. roster since 2007. They won eight medals as part of the senior team, including gold during at each of the previous IIHF World Championship.
During their time in Maroon and Gold, Schaus and Stack led Boston College to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Frozen Fours and the programs first and only Hockey East Tournament championship. Schaus was a two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top 10 Finalist, presented annually to the best women's collegiate player, while Stack was a top three finalist as a senior. They established a combined 28 records school records during at BC.
Junior defenseman Blake Bolden
, a Patty Kazmaier nominee, New England All-Star and Hockey East First-Team selection, was part of 27 players that were invited to the selection camp on March 25 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The U.S. Women's National Team will continue to train in Lake Placid until heading to Burlington on April 4.