USA Hockey appears to trim women’s Olympic residency roster to 23

Anna Wilgren, Britta Curl, and Lacey Eden were the last three cuts

Per the USA Hockey website, the U.S. women’s hockey residency roster has been trimmed down to 23 players—meaning that, pending an official announcement, the 2022 U.S. Women’s Olympic roster appears to be set.

The latest (and likely final) cuts from Team USA appear to be defender Anna Wilgren and forwards Lacey Eden and Britta Curl. Defenders Kali Flanagan and Natalie Buchbinder were cut from the roster before the last two Rivalry Series games between the U.S. and Canada, on Nov. 21 and 23.

Here’s the current roster as listed on the USA Hockey site:

Goaltenders: Alex Cavallini, Nicole Hensley, Maddie Rooney
Defenders: Cayla Barnes, Megan Bozek, Jincy Dunne, Savannah Harmon, Caroline Harvey, Megan Keller, Lee Stecklein
Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Abbey Murphy, Kelly Pannek, Abby Roque, Hayley Scamurra, Grace Zumwinkle

(Stick tap to Twitter user @shea96can for first pointing out that the roster had been updated!)

Wilgren was a late add to the team from Minnesota State—USA Hockey announced she’d be joining the group for centralization back on Sept. 30, and the initial roster was named on July 22. Eden and Curl are forwards for Wisconsin; Buchbinder played defense for the Badgers and technically has one year left of eligibility since last season didn’t count.

Flanagan won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in 2018 and has already signed with the PHF’s Boston Pride since being released.

USA Hockey did not make an official announcement after cutting Flanagan and Buchbinder in November, but it was discussed on the ensuing TSN broadcast of the Rivalry Series (although, similar to these latest cuts, they were removed from the official residency roster online). Typically, USA Hockey has unveiled the women’s Olympic team roster on Jan. 1 at the NHL’s Winter Classic.

Games between USA and Canada continue this week, on Dec. 15, 17, and 20.