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7 former Wisconsin Badgers players selected for Elite Women's 3-on-3 at NHL skills contest
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7 former Wisconsin Badgers players selected for Elite Women's 3-on-3 at NHL skills contest

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Goalie Alex Rigsby Cavallini, center, will be one of seven former Badgers players in the Elite Women's 3-on-3 at the NHL skills competition.

Seven of the 20 players chosen to play in an inaugural women's hockey 3-on-3 game during NHL all-star weekend are former University of Wisconsin standouts.

Former Badgers goaltenders Alex Rigsby Cavallini and Ann-Renée Desbiens were picked to represent the U.S. and Canada, respectively, in the Elite Women's 3-on-3 on Friday, Jan. 24 in St. Louis.

Also on the U.S. roster: forwards Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Annie Pankowski. Forwards Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull will play for Canada.

Madison's Amanda Kessel also was chosen for the American team.

The 20-minute, 3-on-3 game between the 10-team U.S. and Canadian teams will take place during the all-star skills competition.

Cammi Granato will coach the American team, while Jayna Hefford is the Canadian coach.

Decker, Knight and Nurse also are among eight players who'll be in a Twitter fan poll starting Monday to decide one American and one Canadian to take part in the Shooting Stars competition during the NHL skills challenge. In that exercise, players will shoot at targets from a platform elevated 30 feet above the ice and behind the goal.

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