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Olympians Donate 300 Total Sets of OneGoal Hockey Equipment to Youth Hockey Associations

01/29/2014, 1:00pm MST
By Jayson Hron - USA Hockey

Members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team recently made a significant contribution to selected youth hockey associations across the country, sending 300 total sets of OneGoal starter equipment to the programs that helped shape and inspire their own hockey dreams.

Each player on the American roster was provided with 12 sets of equipment to donate to the youth hockey association of their choice. Each equipment set includes shin pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, pants, gloves, a helmet with a cage, and a bag.

Today, more than 40,000 OneGoal starter equipment sets are in arenas and youth hockey associations nationwide to help families get started in hockey without the initial barrier of purchasing equipment. Total Hockey is a key partner with USA Hockey in the OneGoal equipment initiative.

"The Olympic dream began in many of these local hockey associations for our athletes and they never forget it," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "With the OneGoal program, they have an opportunity to help inspire a new generation of kids, while also saluting the people who helped them chase their Olympic dream."

Three-time U.S. Olympian Julie Chu donated to her childhood rink in Connecticut and remembered fondly the role it played in her development.

"It's truly my home rink, where I grew up and developed a love for the game," she said. "I'm so grateful for the time I spent playing there, and I love that I can give back to a place that has meant so much to me."

Minnesotan Anne Schleper, who will be playing in her first Olympic Winter Games, donated to a Minneapolis urban youth hockey association for which she served as a volunteer.

"Every time I had the opportunity to volunteer there, I was immediately filled with laughter and joy," she said. "I hope my donation becomes a great blessing to them and can help contribute to the wonderful standards they encourage every single day in their kids.

"Hockey gave me a way and a voice; all these kids need is an opportunity for the same."

Donation List

Player Association Location
Kacey Bellamy New England Junior Falcons Girls Enfield, Conn.
Megan Bozek Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Chicago, Ill.
Kate Buesser Back Bay Indians Wolfeboro, N.H.
Alex Carpenter New Jersey Colonials Morristown, N.J.
Lisa Chesson Tomahawks Special Hockey Chicago, Ill.
Julie Chu Wonderland Wizards Bridgeport, Conn.
Kendall Coyne Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Chicago, Ill.
Brianna Decker Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association Manitowoc, Wis.
Meghan Duggan Danvers Youth Hockey Danvers, Mass.
Jincy Dunne St. Louis Cyclones / STL Lady Blues St. Louis, Mo.
Lyndsey Fry Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association / She Wolves Scottsdale, Ariz.
Amanda Kessel North Metro Youth Hockey Association Minneapolis, Minn.
Hilary Knight Sun Valley Youth Hockey Sun Valley, Idaho
Jocelyne Lamoureux Grand Forks Parks District Angels Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux Grand Forks Parks District Angels Grand Forks, N.D.
Gigi Marvin Warroad Youth Hockey Warroad, Minn.
Brianne McLaughlin Elyria Ice Hockey Elyria, Ohio
Annie Pankowski Anaheim Lady Ducks Anaheim, Calif.
Michelle Picard Taunton Brewins Taunton, Mass.
Josephine Pucci Ramapo Saints Youth Hockey Monsey, N.Y.
Molly Schaus East Coast Jumbos Boston, Mass.
Anne Schleper DinoMights Minneapolis, Minn.
Kelli Stack Parma Flyers Hockey Association Parma, Ohio
Lee Stecklein Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association Roseville, Minn.
Jessie Vetter Madison Patriots Madison, Wis.

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