NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Montpelier native and United States women's hockey Olympic gold medalist Amanda Pelkey will make an appearance on Saturday afternoon at Norwich University.
Pelkey will drop the puck in a pre-game ceremony prior to the start of the Norwich University women's ice hockey team hosting Morrisville State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a NCAA Quarterfinal matchup.
Pelkey was a member of the United States women's hockey team that won its first gold medal in 20 years at the PyeongChang, South Korea Olympics that wrapped up at the end of February. The US defeated Canada in a shootout to claim the gold medal.
Pelkey played hockey at Montpelier High School and then went on to play the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt. She then starred for four seasons at the University of Vermont, setting program records for goals (49), assists (56) and points (105).
Pelkey is no stranger to Kreitzberg Arena and Norwich University after spending several summers working with the Elite Hockey Training Center camps.
Norwich (24-1-3) begins its quest for its second NCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday. The Cadets are the No. 1-ranked team in the country and with a victory, would host the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship weekend for the first time in the program's 11-year history.
NU qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning its eighth NEHC Tournament title in the last 10 seasons with a 7-0 win over UMass Boston.