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YOUNGER LOOK FOR WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Six-time national team members Cammi Granato and Lisa Brown-Miller headline the 20-member U.S. Olympic women's hockey team that will compete in Nagano, Japan, in February.

The final cuts for the squad were made Saturday night, just a few hours after the Americans captured the gold medal in the Three Nations Cup with a 3-0 victory over Canada.

Among the veterans cut were Kelly O'Leary, Erin Whitten and Stephanie O'Sullivan.

"The three we released were all experienced players and have been key ingredients to our national team well before I came on the scene," said U.S. coach Ben Smith, who joined the team in 1996. "It reflects a little changing of the times. Some younger players are pushing their way into the forefront."

The team features three players under the age of 20, including 17-year-old Angela Ruggiero.

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