Universal Sports’ Women’s World Championships Release

LOS ANGELES – April 6, 2009 – Defending world champion Team USA takes to the ice against the world’s best as a preview to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games as Universal Sports presents 10 hours of coverage of the 2009 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships from Hameenlinna, Finland, including live coverage of the gold medal match on Sunday at 12 noon, ET. Coverage begins with the qualifying round Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. 

The Universal Sports broadcast team consists of Emmy-award winning announcer Ari Wolfe (play-by-play), and Olympic gold and silver medalist in women’s hockey, game analyst A.J. Mleczko Griswold. 

COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Coverage will begin with a qualifying round game on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and will continue through to the medal matches. The gold medal game will be shown live on Universal Sports on Sunday at 12 Noon, ET. 
Universal Sports, available in 45 million homes, will present over 10 hours of coverage starting Thursday (all times ET and Same-day coverage except for Final): 
Date Events Time 

Thurs. Qualifying Round Game #15 4 – 6:30 p.m. 
Fri. Qualifying Round Game #18 4 – 6:30 p.m. 
Sun. Bronze Medal Game #19 9 – 11:30 a.m.* 
Gold Medal Game #20 – LIVE 12 – 3 p.m. 

LIVE COVERAGE ON UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM: UniversalSports.com will cover the entire women’s tournament, starting on April 4, with breaking news, results and photo galleries. The site will offer the following IIHF events live, and free-of-charge starting Thursday at 12 Noon, ET. Log onto UniversalSports.com/hockey for the complete schedule. (All times ET and LIVE): 

Date Events Time 

Thurs. Qualifying Round Game #15 12 – 2:30 p.m. 
Fri. Qualifying Round Game #18 12 – 2:30 p.m. 
Sun. Bronze Medal Game #19 8 – 10:30 a.m.* 
Gold Medal Game #20 12 – 3 p.m. 

*Bronze medal game to be broadcast only if Team USA is competing 
**Schedules subject to change, coverage available only in the U.S. and territories. 

ABOUT THE ATHLETES: The 2009 Women’s National Team is made up of 21 women, 16 of which were a part of the 2008 Championship team. The five new players include goaltender Megan Van Beusekom, twin sisters: Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux, and defensemen Lisa Chesson and Helen Resor. Returning to the team is starting goalie Jessie Vetter who had 21 saves against Canada during the championship game that won the U.S. the gold medal in 2008. Three of Vetter’s teammates from the University of Wisconsin national championship team were also named to this 2009 roster. 

TEAM USA ROSTER: USA Hockey named the following players to the 2009 U.S. team, including Head Coach Mark Johnson (Madison, Wis.) and Assistant Coaches Dave Flint (Manchester, N.H.) and Jodi McKenna (Middletown, Conn.). Johnson will also serve as the head coach for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Games. Sixteen of the 20 members of the 2008 U.S. Women’s World Champion Team return to the 2009 team. 

Name Hometown 
Molly Schaus Natick, Massachusetts 
Megan Van Beusekom Loretto, Minnesota 
Jessie Vetter Cottage Grove, Wisconsin 
Kacey Bellamy Westfield, Massachusetts 
Caitlin Cahow Branford, Connecticut 
Lisa Chesson Plainfield, Illinois 
Molly Engstrom Siren, Wisconsin 
Helen Resor Greenwich, Connecticut 
Angela Ruggiero Harper Woods, Michigan 
Kerry Weiland Palmer, Alaska 
Julie Chu Fairfield, Connecticut 
Natalie Darwitz Eagan, Minnesota 
Meghan Duggan Danvers, Massachusetts 
Hilary Knight Hanover, New Hampshire 
Jocelyne Lamoureux Grand Forks, North Dakota 
Monique Lamoureux Grand Forks, North Dakota 
Erika Lawler Fitchburg, Massachusetts 
Gigi Marvin Warroad, Minnesota 
Jenny Potter Edina, Minnesota 
Kelli Stack Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 
Karen Thatcher Blaine, Washington 

2009 IIHF MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Universal Sports will also provide TV and online coverage of the Men’s Hockey Tournament, from Berne and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland, from April 24 – May 10, 2009. Teams competing include last year’s champion Russia, as well as Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, previewing the Olympic hockey tournament at the 2010 Vancouver Games. 

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 45 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Reno and Omaha. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. UniversalSports.com delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UniversalSports.com

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