2024 Worlds Recap: United States

Team USA fell short of the ultimate goal, but there's still positives to take from their 2024 tournament.

2024 Worlds Recap: United States
Team USA huddles in front of the net before the gold medal game. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Team USA may have had their home-soil gold medal dreams spoiled by Canada, but it was still a strong showing from the youth-infused team. They were undefeated until the gold medal game, and young players and veterans alike shined bright throughout the tournament.

Final Record

Knight (center, arms raised) celebrates her goal with Edwards (left, jumping) and Janecke (right, coming around the net with arms raised). Renata Fast and Ann-Renée Desbiens look on. The U.S. players are in blue, while Canada is in white.
Hilary Knight celebrates her goal against Canada with teammates Laila Edwards and Tessa Janecke. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Silver Medalists

Overall Record: 5-1-1-0. 

  • Group Stage: 3-1-0-0
  • Knockout Rounds: 2-0-1-0
    • Quarterfinals vs Japan: 10-0 W
    • Semifinals vs Finland: 5-0 W
    • Gold Medal Game vs Canada: 6-5 OTL

Team MVP

Laila Edwards skates away from the net while Kendall Coyne Schofield jumps in celebration in the background. They are both wearing white USA jerseys.
Laila Edwards skates away after scoring a goal against Czechia. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Laila Edwards

There was no shortage of MVP options on Team USA, which featured the top seven scorers in the tournament plus goaltenders who combined for five shutouts in seven games. It’s splitting hairs as to who was the best of the bunch, but I have to go with the tournament MVP. Edwards was a revelation in her first senior tournament, scoring six goals on ten shots, including a semifinal hat trick. She showed remarkable confidence and a knack for scoring big goals that will be invaluable to Team USA in the coming years. Plus, she did all of this while breaking barriers and becoming the first Black woman to score a goal for a senior Team USA. Despite being just 20 years old, she showed up when the lights were brightest and proved their future is bright, so she’s your Team USA MVP.

Key Moment

Simms celebrates fist pumps from one knee after scoring the overtime winner against Canada, while Taylor Heise skates to join her. They are both wearing blue USA jerseys.
Kirsten Simms celebrates her OT winner against Canada. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Kirsten Simm’s OT winner vs Canada in the preliminary round. 

Simms’ first senior national team goal could not have come at a much better time. After a thrilling game, she was the hero who secured the top seed for the United States by finally cracking Canada’s Ann-Renée Desbiens in overtime. The U.S. still lost the one that mattered most to Canada, but securing that top seed was a big boost since it provided the easiest path in the knockout rounds and gave them the last change every game to help with matchups. So, in a tournament full of memorable moments from the youth and veterans alike, Simms’ goal stands out as perhaps the biggest individual moment.

What’s Next

Winn celebrates her goal with a group hug featuring Carpenter and Coyne Schofield. They are wearing blue USA jerseys.
Haley Winn celebrates her goal with Alex Carpenter and Kendall Coyne Schofield. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Keep the youth movement going.

While they didn’t recapture gold, the youth movement was a big success for the United States. The speed and new energy they brought to the team made a big difference, and it’s fun to think about how much better they will get as they get better acclimated to the senior level. While Team USA and Canada are perennial contenders regardless of what they do, if the U.S. keeps the youth movement up, it could soon be a big advantage over Canada. Canada has not been integrating many young players recently despite the aging core, and if they don’t start soon, there may be a bit of an awkward “rebuild” period once their current stars hang up the skates. However, the U.S. is already setting itself up for long-term success and it’s something they need to continue if they hope to secure another gold medal soon.

Where to Watch Team USA’s Players Now

Coyne Schofield pumps her fists and yells in celebration of her goal, while an elated Hilary Knight raises her arms and yells in the background..
Kendall Coyne Schofield celebrates her goal against Finland. Photo courtesy of the IIHF.

Team USA brought a strong mix of PWHL and NCAA players to the Worlds, and here’s how you can keep an eye on them going forward.

Current PWHL Players:

  • Boston
    • Aerin Frankel (G)
    • Megan Keller (D)
    • Hilary Knight (F)
  • Minnesota
    • Kendall Coyne Schofield (F)
    • Taylor Heise (F)
    • Nicole Hensley (G)
    • Kelly Pannek (F)
    • Grace Zumwinkle (F)
  • New York
    • Alex Carpenter (F)
  • Ottawa
    • Savannah Harmon (D)
    • Hayley Scamurra (F)

Current NCAA Players:

  • Clarkson University
    • Hayley Winn (D)
  • Colgate University
    • Sydney Morrow (D)
  • Cornell University
    • Rory Guilday (D)
  • Ohio State University
    • Joy Dunne (F)
  • Penn State University
    • Tessa Janecke (F)
  • University of Minnesota
    • Abbey Murphy (F)
  • University of Wisconsin
    • Lacey Eden (F)
    • Laila Edwards (F)
    • Caroline Harvey (D)
    • Kirsten Simms (F)

Soon-to-Be NCAA Graduates (and likely declaring for the PWHL draft):

  • Hannah Bilka (F, Ohio State University)
  • Britta Curl (F, University of Wisconsin)
  • Cayla Barnes (D, Ohio State University)
  • Gwyneth Phillips (G, Northeastern University)