More than half of the US women’s Olympic hockey team has Mass. connections

United States celebrates winning the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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United States celebrated winning the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada.

There are 13 women’s hockey players who played for Team USA in PyeongChang who have connections to Massachusetts, amounting to more than half of the team.

Their time spent in the state ranges from just a few months to most of their lives.

Here are the players who have spent time here, along with some information about their careers in the commonwealth, according to their biographies on the Team USA hockey website.

Cayla Barnes - No. 3


As a freshman at Boston College, Barnes played in five games this season before she was called to join the US Women’s National Team.

Megan Keller - No. 5

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Keller has played for Boston College for three seasons, and was named first-team All-American for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

In the 2016-17 season, she won the Cammi Granato Award as the top player in Hockey East, and she led all NCAA defensemen with 39 points and 29 assists across 35 games.

Monique Lamoureux-Morando - No. 7

Lamoureux-Morando played one season with the Boston Blades in 2014-15, scoring 18 points that season across 17 games.

Kali Flanagan - No. 6

Flanagan was born in Burlington and has played three seasons for Boston College.


As a junior during the 2016-17 season, Flanagan earned Hockey East honorable mention accolades.

Emily Pfalzer - No. 8

Pfalzer played four consecutive seasons for Boston College — from 2011-15.

During her time at the college, she received several designations, including Hockey East Defenseman of the Year as a junior, and first-team All-American and first-team Hockey East All-Star as a senior.

In her senior year, she was also named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Meghan Duggan - No. 10

Born in Danvers, Duggan most recently played for the Boston Pride during the 2016-17 season.


During that season, she played in the National Women’s Hockey League All-Star game.

Haley Skarupa - No. 11

Skarupa played four consecutive seasons at Boston College, 2012-16. Among her many accomplishments there, she was twice named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

She also set a conference freshman scoring record.

Brianna Decker - No. 14

Decker has played three seasons of professional hockey, all for Boston teams.

She started with the Boston Blades in the 2014-15 season.

The following two seasons, she played for the Boston Pride, and was named NWHL most valuable player both seasons.

In 2016, during the inaugural season, she helped the Boston Pride win the Isobel Cup.

Gigi Marvin - No. 19

Marvin has played five seasons of professional hockey, four in Boston.

She played two seasons — 2011-12 and 2012-13 — for the Boston Blades, and two seasons — 2015-16 and 2016-17 — for the Boston Pride.

She was on the inaugural Boston Pride team that won the Isobel Cup.

Hilary Knight - No. 21

Knight has played all five of her professional hockey seasons in Boston (2012-17), first for three years for the Boston Blades and then two years for the Boston Pride.

Kacey Bellamy - No. 22

Born in Westfield, Bellamy has spent seven years playing professional hockey for Boston teams.

She started with the Boston Blades in 2010 and played with them for five consecutive seasons, and she then played for the Boston Pride for two seasons.

She won the Clarkson Cup during her third season with the Boston Blades, and she was on the inaugural Boston Pride team that won the Isobel Cup.

Kendall Coyne - No. 26

Coyne played four seasons at Northeastern University, winning the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Award.

During her final season at Northeastern, she became Hockey East’s all-time leader in points, goals, single-season points, single-season goals, points per game, and goals per game.

Amanda Pelkey - No. 37

Pelkey, a native of Montpelier, Vt., played for the Boston Pride for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

In 2015-16, her Pride team won the Isobel Cup.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Hilary Knight #21 hugs Kendall Coyne #26 of the United States after defeating Canada in overtime to win the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Hilary Knight hugged Kendall Coyne of the US after defeating Canada in the Women's Gold Medal Game.

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