Cleared by Team USA to play in Sochi, Amanda Kessel will miss the upcoming college season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion sustained during the run-up to the Winter Games.
The Canadian Women's Hockey League is planning to add a second franchise in the United States, and many U.S. officials think that could go a long way toward ending the Americans' gold medal drought.
Courtney Kennedy was one of Minnesota's greatest players, but the Boston College associate coach is aiming to spoil the powerhouse Golden Gophers' perfect season in the Frozen Four.
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel give Minnesota a potent scoring punch, teaming up for a combined 166 points and helping the Gophers to an undefeated, untied regular season.
Goalie Noora Raty has stopped nearly everything in her path in leading Minnesota to its second Frozen Four in the past three seasons. Her skills will be tested by high-scoring Cornell in the semifinals Friday night.
Here are five things to watch heading into the start of the NCAA women's hockey tournament.