GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota women’s hockey team earned five more representatives for the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship as four current and former student-athletes were named to the Finnish Women’s National Team: Anna Kilponen (sophomore), Emma Nuutinen (freshman), Michelle Karvinen (2011-14) and Susanna Tapani (2013-14), while former student-athlete Johanna Fallman (2012-15) was named to the Swedish Women’s National Team.
North Dakota now has a total of eight current or former women’s hockey student-athletes, split between four national teams, set to compete at the 2017 Women’s World Championship. Additionally, former student-athlete Tanja Eisenschmid (2012-16) is expected to be the ninth and final UND student-athlete to participate at the tournament, as the German roster has yet to be formally announced.
The four Finns from UND have combined for 16 world championships worth of experience heading into this year’s tournament in Plymouth, Mich. Karvinen leads the group and will be playing in her seventh world championship for Finland. Fallman will be playing in her sixth world championship for Sweden.
Earlier this month, senior defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak was named to her third Women’s World Championship roster with Team Canada, while former standouts Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando were named to the seventh championship roster with Team USA.
The tournament kicks off March 31 with round-robin play, and the medal round is set to begin April 4.