Chesson among 23 players competing for a position on the 2010 Olympic Team

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lisa Chesson, who was a member of the Ohio State women’s hockey team from 2005-08, has been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team, USA Hockey announced Monday. The defenseman is among 23 players on the roster competing for 21 slots available the U.S. Olympic team to be announced in mid-December.

A native of Plainfield, Ill., Chesson participated in the Team USA’s residency program during 2008-09 in Blaine, Minn., and was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championships in April. She also played in the silver medal-winning U.S. Women’s Select Team at the 2007 Four Nations Cup.

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.

The national team was selected following the 2009 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which ran from Aug. 19-23 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The festival featured 41 of the top female hockey players in the United States.

The squad, which will be centralized in the Twin Cities, will take part in the Qwest Tour, a 10-game, nine-city domestic tour that begins on Sept. 25 against the WCHA All-Stars in St. Paul, Minn., and concludes just prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition to the 10 Qwest Tour stops, Team USA will compete in two international tournaments, as well as three games against the Canadian National Team in Canada and additional games against Minnesota high school boys’ teams.