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PANKOWSKI CHOSEN TO PLAY ON 2018 WOMEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM

Longtime Anaheim Lady Ducks forward Annie Pankowski was selected to the 2018 U.S. Women's Olympic Team on Friday by USA Hockey. 

Pankowski will join 22 other players on the U.S. Women's National Team, which will train together and participate in various competitions during the build-up to the Winter Games at PyeongChang, South Korea. She becomes the first homegrown Lady Ducks Player to make a U.S. Olympic team. She has represented Team USA in numerous international competitions, including World Championships the past two years and in 2013. 

"As a club we're very excited," said Art Trottier, president of the Anaheim Amateur Hockey Association, the parent organization of the Lady Ducks and Jr. Ducks. "It's a big boos for the program. This is why we do what we do. And it couldn't happen to a nicer person or a nicer family. The Pankowski family has been with the club for years."

Pankowski, 22, recently completed her junior year at the University of Wisconsin, helping the Badgers reach the NCAA championship game. 

She was a second-team All-American, first-team all-WCHA pick and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award for the second season in a row. And no wonder, the Laguna Hills native was second in Division I in goals (25) and sixth in points (55). 

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