Wootton Grad Named to U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

Haley Skarupa is on squad that will compete in South Korea next month


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Haley Skarupa

FROM USA HOCKEY

This story was updated at 11:10 a.m. Jan. 2.

Haley Skarupa of Rockville has earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team for next month’s competition in South Korea.

Skarupa, a Thomas S. Wootton High School graduate, was part of the final roster made public on Monday.

Skarupa, who turns 24 on Wednesday, played at Boston College and with the Connecticut Whale and the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League. She left the Pride in November to train with the U.S. women’s national team, according to USA Hockey, a governing body.

The addition of Skarupa, a forward, to the national team was announced on Nov. 27, bringing the roster to 26. The final 23 players on the team were announced on Monday.

Skarupa—whose mother, Penny, is a Bethesda Magazine advertising account executive—has played in three International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships with Team USA, earning gold in all three, according to USA Hockey. She also has competed in three Four Nations Cups.

"She's probably one of the most hard-working and committed people I've ever met," Penny Skarupa said by phone Tuesday. "We're very proud. I cried for two days after I found out she made the national team."

As a freshman at Wootton, Skarupa played on the boys’ varsity team alongside her brother, Dylan, who was a senior. The team won the state title.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be in PyeongChang, South Korea, from Feb. 9 to 25.

Penny Skarupa said she and her husband have already made reservations to travel to South Korea for the Olympics. Haley Skarupa's brother and their 80-year-old grandmother plan to join them for the second week of the Winter Games.

"It's just going to be awesome," Penny Skarupa said.

The U.S. women’s team’s first game is Feb. 11 against Finland. Its next two preliminary-round games are on Feb. 13 against Russia and Feb. 15 against Canada.

The U.S. team won a gold medal in 1998, when the sport was added for women. Since then, the U.S. has won three silver medals and one bronze medal.

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