Bronson and Pokora named USA Women’s National Team Captains
Aidonidis, Foley, Gaudiel and Glista named assistant captains
WINCHENDON, Mass. – ASHI Team USA Women’s Division General Manager Jason Kelly announced today that Julia Bronson and Tiffany (Pfundt) Pokora have been named co-captains for the Women’s National Team that will compete at the 2017 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship June 3-10 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Eleni Aidonidis, Kelly Foley, Roxanne Gaudiel and Alessandra Glista have been named assistant captains.
Co-captain Julia Bronson (Arlington, VA) served as an assistant captain for Team USA at the 2015 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship in Zug, SUI. A four-year standout on Dartmouth University’s Women’s Ice Hockey team, she also competed for two seasons in the Czech Women’s Extraliga for HC Slavia Praha.
Co-captain Tiffany (Pfundt) Pokora (Flushing, MI) was a member of the 2015 Women’s Team that finished fourth in Zug. The University of Michigan graduate scored two goals and had six penalty minutes in six games. “I feel incredibly honored to have been selected for this role,” said Pokora. “It’s taken my motivation, pride and excitement for this experience to a whole new level!”
An assistant captain in 2015, Eleni Aidonidis (Winchendon, MA) will once again wear the “A” in 2017. Aidonidis was named to the 2011 team, but did not play, and was a member of the 2013 team. She was a four-year starter in field hockey at Fitchburg State University and served as captain in her senior year. “I am appreciative and honored in being selected for this role” Aidonidis commented. “I am willing to do whatever is best for my team and I am incredibly excited to play with this group of talented women. I believe we will overcome our opponents and challenges as one unbreakable and united team.”
Assistant captain Kelly Foley (South Boston, MA) played on the 2015 Women’s National Team and for four years on Dartmouth’s Women’s Ice Hockey team. At Dartmouth she was an assistant captain in her junior year and a co-captain in her senior season. Despite fracturing her ankle in her sophomore year, she is one of only 33 women in Dartmouth’s history to have collected over 100 points.
Assistant captain Roxanne Gaudiel (Venice, FL) is making her first appearance for the Women’s National Team. In 2016 she captured the silver medal with the USA Women’s Masters Team at the World Championships in Banff, AB. At the tournament Gaudiel was a member of the women’s All-Star team and was named player of the game against Canada I. A record-setting goaltender at Princeton University, Gaudiel also played on USA Hockey’s 2003 U-22 National team and for the Quebec Avalanche of the original NWHL. “I’m humbled and incredibly honored for being named an assistant captain,” noted Gaudiel. “To be one of the leaders of this group is such an honor which is amplified by the caliber of the talent we have on our team.”
Assistant captain Alessandra Glista (Winthrop, MA) is the most decorated player in ASHI’s Women’s Division history. A member of the National Team since 2007, Glista was an assistant captain in 2015. With the Master’s Team, Glista won a silver medal in 2014 and a silver medal in 2016, and was named the Best Goaltender at the 2016 tournament. “There is an amazing opportunity ahead of us,” said Glista. “Our program has put in place all the tools for success, from the staff, to the players. We will make the most of this special honor, to be able to play the sport we love and represent our country. The last song we will hear is our national anthem with our family by our side.”
Captaincy duties will rotate between home and away games. The last camp before leaving for the Czech Republic will be April 29-30 in Dracut, MA.
ASHI’s Women’s Division general manager is Jason Kelly (Media, PA). Gwen Ranquist-Lemieux (Hamilton, ON), who served as head coach from 2006-07, returns behind the bench in 2017. She will be joined by assistant coaches Dorene Sheets (Vancouver, BC), Jason Glista (Winthrop, MA), and goalie coach Thomas Bricklemyer (Philadelphia, PA).
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