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Five Mavericks, three staff members from MSU-Mankato selected for USA Hockey Festival

Defensemen Charlotte Akervik and Anna Wilgren, forwards Kelsey King and Jamie Nelson and goaltender Calla Frank asked to be in Buffalo, N.Y., for the event. The U.S. Women's National Team and Collegiate Select Team will be named at the conclusion of the event.

Women hockey players in purple and yellow uniforms compete against players in white and maroon uniforms on an indoor ice sheet.
Minnesota State forward Kelsey King (20) pushes Minnesota Duluth forward Anna Klein (19) to the ice while fighting for the puck on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

MANKATO, Minn. — Five Minnesota State University-Mankato players and three staff members have been selected to participate in the 2022 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which takes place Aug. 8-13 at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 2022 U.S. Women's National Team, along with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team and Collegiate Select Team will be named at the conclusion of camp. The national team will compete Aug. 25–Sept. 5 at the IIHF Women's World Championship in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark, while the select teams will head to Calgary and each play a three-game series against Canada on Aug. 17, 18 and 20.

Mavericks selected to attend the Festival are defensemen Charlotte Akervik and Anna Wilgren, along with forwards Kelsey King and Jamie Nelson. Goaltender Calla Frank was also selected but is unable to participate due to hip surgery.

Akervik, a 21-year-old from Eau Claire, Wis., was named to the All-WCHA Second Team last season after picking up eight goals, 25 points, 10 penalty minutes and being a plus-7 in 32 games last season. Akervik will be a senior for the Mavericks in the fall.

Wilgren, a 22-year-old from Hudson, Wis., will be a senior captain for the Mavericks in the fall. She took a redshirt season last winter, when she was one of 28 players in the 2022 Olympic Residency Program in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics. In 88 career college games, Wilgren has 11 goals, 41 points and 19 penalty minutes.

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King, a 21-year-old from Elk River, Minn., will be a senior for the Mavericks this fall. Last season, she was second on the Mavericks in goals (18), assists (23) and points (41) and led the team in plus/minus (plus-14) in 35 games.

Nelson, a 20-year-old from Andover, Minn., will be a junior for the Mavericks in the fall. She has 16 points in 20 college games in her career.

Frank, a 21-year-old from Hugo, Minn., will be a senior for the Mavericks in the fall. Last season, she was 10-15-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average, .892 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 games.

Minnesota State assistant head coach Jeff Giesen is serving as a scout for the USA Women's National Team. He will attend this camp and then accompany the National Team to the World Championships in Denmark Aug 24-Sept 4.

Mavericks assistant coach Shari Dickerman will be an assistant coach on the USA Collegiate Team and director of women's hockey ops Amanda Long is handling video operations for the U18 Women's Team.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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