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Duck Tales: Former Lady Duck Cayla Barnes named to USWNT for Women’s Worlds

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Plus a Ducks fan survey, Buffalo’s winless streak and more in today’s news and notes.

Cayla Barnes of the United States Women’s Ice Hockey Team poses with hockey fans during the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Without the same funding or support, women’s hockey has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic since last year. But as things start to improve around the globe, events are returning to the women’s hockey schedule.

Among those is the 2021 IIHF Women’s Worlds, scheduled for May 6-16, in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. This will be the first major tournament since the 2019 Worlds, where the US Women’s National Team controversially defeated Finland in a shootout. The USWNT has won the last five Worlds titles, and eight of the last nine titles.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey announced their roster for the 2021 tournament. Former Lady Ducks defender Cayla Barnes is the lone representative of the state of California on the roster.

The 22-year-old Barnes is finishing her senior year, serving as the captain to the Boston College Eagles. Their season ended two weeks ago after losing to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

At age 19, she won gold with the USWNT in PyeongChang at the 2018 Olympic Games. The following year, she played her first Women’s Worlds at the adult level, scoring six points in seven games on the way to another gold medal.

USA Hockey has seen its fair share of turnover in the last year, losing Olympic captain Meghan Duggan, as well as twin sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando to retirement. Defender Emily Matheson will also sit out, as she is pregnant and due this summer.

Check out the rest of the roster below:

On the Pond

  • U.S. women’s hockey roster named for world championship [NBC Sports]
  • Ducks Prospects: Thrun, Tracey & Eriksson Ek [The Hockey Writers]
  • Ducks: 3 Takeaways From the 5-2 Loss Against the Avalanche [The Hockey Writers]
  • Ducks management survey results: Fans overwhelmingly desire major changes [The Athletic]

Around the World

  • Ranking the NHL’s top defensemen for 2021: Execs, coaches, players debate the top 10 [ESPN+]
  • Seeking some roster flexibility, struggling Philadelphia Flyers put Shayne Gostisbehere on waivers [ESPN]
  • Why the Flyers waived Shayne Gostisbehere: Addressing the lingering questions and potential consequences [The Athletic]
  • Buffalo Sabres’ winless streak hits 18 games after collapse in third period against Philadelphia Flyers [ESPN]
  • NHL Trade Buzz: Penguins could seek goalie if Jarry out long term [NHL.com]
  • Ekblad out 12 weeks for Panthers after surgery for left-leg fracture [NHL.com]
  • Winnipeg Jets Have the Best Forward Corps in the NHL [Sports Illustrated]
  • Black Girl Hockey Club and NWHL player Saroya Tinker team up to raise money for young Black women interested in hockey [Yahoo!]
  • Hockey is for Everyone: Lightning trade bolts for rainbows on Pride Night [Fox 13 Tampa Bay]

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