COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Quinnipiac goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minnesota) has been invited to attend the inaugural U.S. Women's Hockey National Team Goaltending Development Camp from May 21-24 at the Schwan's Super Center in Blaine, Minnesota.
For Laden, this is her third different training camp with USA Hockey in the past year. Laden attended the U.S. Women's Hockey National Festival in Lake Placid, New York in August of 2014 and the Winter Training Camp in Blaine, Minnesota in December of 2014.
Only the top 18 female goaltenders in the country have been invited to the inaugural camp, with players ranging in age from 16-29. Among the notable attendees of the camp are current U.S. National Team members Jessie Vetter and Alex Rigsby, and collegiate goaltenders Katie Burt of Boston College, Hannah Ehresmann of Penn State and Shanae Lundberg of Union.
Laden is also one of four Minnesota natives to be invited to the camp, joining Ehresmann and high school goaltenders Breanna Blesi and Maddie Rooney.
Prior to the creation of female goaltenders camp, female players had trained at the USA Hockey's Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp.
Earlier this month, Laden attended the Connecticut Whale's Training Camp of the newly formed National Women's Hockey League. Five Quinnipiac women's ice hockey players attended the training camp in Stamford, Connecticut.
Laden had a standout season for the Bobcats between the pipes as she set numerous program record on her way to a 25-9-2 record with 16 shutouts, a 1.17 GAA and .930 save percentage. Laden's 16 shutouts are the most in single-season program history, the most in ECAC Hockey History and second in NCAA Women's Hockey history. Her 25 wins are the most in Quinnipiac single-season history while her 1.17 GAA was the lowest GAA in single-season program history. Laden also set career records as her 25 career shutouts are tied for the most in program history and her 1.56 GAA was the lowest in program history.