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Sarah Nurse, who played for the Badgers from 2013 to 2017, was among the 23 players named to Canada's Olympic women's hockey team.

MICHELLE STOCKER, Capital Times archives

The Canadian Olympic women's hockey team will have a strong Badgers flavor.

Five players with ties to the University of Wisconsin, including three who played on last season's team, were selected among 23 to play for Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the 2018 Games in February.

Patty Kazmaier Award-winning goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens and forwards Emily Clark and Sarah Nurse were selected after a 144-day centralization camp.

They joined forward Blayre Turnbull, who played for UW from 2011 to 2015, and Meaghan Mikkelson, a Badgers defenseman from 2003 to 2007, on the 23-player Olympic team announced by Hockey Canada on Friday.

Clark has one season of collegiate eligibility remaining and is expected to play for the Badgers in the 2018-19 season after taking this year off for the Olympics.

Desbiens and Nurse played for UW from 2013 to 2017.

It's the first Olympic-team spot for Clark, Desbiens, Nurse and Turnbull and the third for Mikkelson.

Canada has won women's hockey gold in the last four Olympics.

Four former Badgers players remain in contention for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team: forwards Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight and goalie Alex Rigsby. Forward Annie Pankowski was the first player cut from the team on Dec. 9.

The U.S. team will be announced on Jan. 1.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.