2014 USA Hockey National Festival Features Three Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two current members of the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team – Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt – as well as former Buckeye standout Lisa Chesson, will begin training Tuesday at the 2014 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Festival, which will take place Aug. 12-16, will be used to select the 22-player rosters for the U.S. Women’s Select Teams (U18 and U22) scheduled to play Canada Aug. 21-24 in Calgary.
Divided into three teams, participants will take part in daily practices and scrimmages. In all, 69 players were invited to attend the Festival, which is highlighted by four silver medalists from the 2013 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
Sara earned 19 points on six goals and 13 assists in 27 league games as a junior. Also beginning her senior season this fall, she ranked as Ohio State’s second-leading scorer overall last season with 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists. The Canton, Mich., native was named All-WCHA Third Team as well as All-USCHO Third Team.
In 26 WCHA contests during the 2013-14 campaign, Kari earned 15 points on four goals and 11 assists. A senior defenseman for the Buckeyes, she garnered All-WCHA Second Team recognition as a junior. With 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists in 35 games played, Kari ranked 16th in the nation for a defenseman in scoring.
Together, the sisters currently sit at No. 8 and No. 9 all-time at Ohio State in career scoring for defensemen. Sara has recorded 61 career points, while Kari follows closely with 57.
Chesson played four seasons for the Buckeyes as a defenseman, her collegiate career starting in 2004 and ending in 2007. She earned her first trip to the U.S. national festival during the summer of 2006, after completing a breakout sophomore campaign at Ohio State. In her first two seasons donning the Scarlet and Gray, Chesson posted 26 points in 73 games played. The Plainfield, Ill., native followed it up with a 21-42-63 line and a plus-26 rating in 72 games during her last two seasons. Chesson went on to win a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a member of the United States National Team.