Gracen Hirschy ’13 was one of 22 players selected to represent the United States at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland, from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.
Hirschy, a 5-foot-9-inch senior defenseman, scored three points on three assists during the championship tournament. The U.S. team won the silver medal, losing in overtime to Canada, 2-1. The team finished 4-0-1 for the tournament and outscored its opponents 36-2.
Hirschy, of Fort Wayne, Ind., also plays on the Team Pittsburgh U19 squad. She recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the University of North Dakota. She joins Molly Engstrom ’01 and Meghan Fardelmann ’05 to represent the U.S. in international play. Engstrom and Fardelmann played on World Cup teams. Engstrom also played in the past two Olympics before retiring this year.
The IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship was first held in 2008. Team USA has won three of the six IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships (2008, 2009, 2011), and earned silver in the three years it did not win gold.
For more information about the 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, go USA Hockey.