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Lisa Chesson and Erin Keys, both 2008 OSU grads, among 32 candidates to represent the U.S. at IIHF World Women’s Championship
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio Lisa Chesson and Erin Keys, former members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team, have been named to the preliminary roster for the U.S. National Team, USA Hockey announced Friday. Both concluded their careers with the Buckeyes in 2008 and have been participating in the U.S. Residency Program in Blaine, Minn., since September.

Chesson and Keys are among 32 candidates considered for Team USA to play in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship held April 4-12, in Hameenlinna, Finland. The roster will be trimmed by 11 players prior to Team USA’s March 30 departure for Finland.

Chesson is one of 10 defensemen on the list. The Plainfield, Ill., native was a member of the U.S. Women’s Select Team that won the silver medal at the 2007 Four Nations Cup as well as part of the U.S. Under-22 team. Chesson served as an assistant captain for the Buckeyes in 2007-08 and picked up her third All-WCHA honor of her career, being named to the second team after previous back-to-back third-team nods. She completed her career with 89 points to stand ninth all-time in the OSU record books and fourth in defenseman scoring. She totaled 27 goals and 62 assists in her four seasons and ranks seventh in power play points with 47.

Keys, from St. Paul, Minn., is one of 18 forwards on the roster. She completed her senior season as a First Team All-WCHA selection to follow her second-team honor as a junior. Keys led the Buckeyes in scoring those seasons, becoming just the second OSU player to reach the 50-point mark as a senior. She concluded her Ohio State career fourth all-time in scoring with 121 points after totaling 98 points her last two years. Her 61 goals rank third in the OSU record books and her 60 assists are tied for seventh. She tied for second in power play goals with 23.