Colorado Springs, CO (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former UMD women's hockey assistant coach Julie Chu will serve as captain of Team USA in the upcoming 2012 IIHF Women's Hockey World Championships, it was announced on Tuesday.
Chu, a three-time Olympian, will be playing in her eighth IIHF World Championship for the United States. She has played in 211 games for Team USA since beginning her international career in 1999.
"Julie has been a true leader for this team on and off the ice," USA head coach Katey Stone said. "She has a knack for relating to all ages. I am confident that Julie, along with Jenny and Kacey, will do a tremendous job of leading this team."
Former UMD player Jenny Potter will serve as one of the team's two alternate captains, it was also announced Tuesday.
Potter is a four-time Olympian and will be appearing in her 10th IIHF World Championship for the United States.
Four current UMD women's hockey players will also be representing their countries at this year's tournament; senior center Haley Irwin (Canada), senior goaltender Jennifer Harss (Germany), junior winger Pernila Winberg (Sweden) and freshman defenseman Tea Villila (Finland) will all be participating.
In all, there are 15 current and former UMD players and coaches participating in the 2012 IIHF Women's Hockey World Championships.
Add to that, St. Scholastica's Nina and Monika Waidacher will be playing for Switzerland at the upcoming tournament.