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USA Hockey adds 2 more players to Olympic women’s pool

Canada v United States - 2017 IIHF Women's Gold Medal Game

PLYMOUTH, MI - APRIL 07: The United States celebrates with the championship trophy after a 3-2 overtime win against Canada at the 2017 IIHF Woman’s World Championships at USA Hockey Arena on April 7, 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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USA Hockey added two more players to its pool of potential Olympic women’s team members in a move reminiscent of Herb Brooks in 1980.

Forward Haley Skarupa and defenseman Sidney Morin joined the national team, making 26 players (23 skaters, three goalies). The 23-player Olympic roster will be named New Year’s Day (20 skaters, three goalies).

The original 23-player national team was named in May, but it was not the Olympic team. USA Hockey always had the option of adding players to the pool in the run up to the Winter Games.

Cayla Barnes, a freshman defenseman at Boston College, was added in October.

Now enter Skarupa, a member of the last three world championship teams, and Morin, who has no Olympic or senior world championships experience.

Skarupa, 23, was the only one of 12 skaters who made all three world championships teams in this Olympic cycle who didn’t make the original cut for the national team in May. Forty-two players tried out for the original 23 spots.

Morin, 22, has never played for the senior national team but was one of 12 defenseman who tried out last spring. Ultimately, seven were chosen, with an eighth added in Barnes.

Morin completed her career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth last season and now plays professionally in Sweden. She is the only player on the national team coming over from a European club.

The additions conjure memories of the 1980 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.

A month before the Lake Placid Winter Games, Coach Herb Brooks famously added two forwards -- Minnesota freshmen Aaron Broten and Timmy Harrer -- but the original player pool that had been together for six months convinced Brooks to send them home.

The U.S. women have two more pre-Olympic exhibitions versus rival Canada on Sunday (NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET) and Dec. 15 ahead of the Olympic roster announcement.

The Americans won three of their four meetings so far this fall, including in the Four Nations Cup final Nov. 12.

Two-time Olympians and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando did not play in any of the four games at the Four Nations Cup, reportedly as healthy scratches.

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U.S. Women’s National Team
Nicole Hensley
Alex Rigsby
Maddie Rooney

Cayla Barnes -- Added in October
Kacey Bellamy -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Megan Bozek -- Olympian (2014)
Kali Flanagan
Megan Keller
Monique Lamoureux-Morando -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Gigi Marvin -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Sidney Morin -- Added in November
Emily Pfalzer
Lee Stecklein -- Olympian (2014)

Hannah Brandt
Dani Cameranesi
Alex Carpenter -- Olympian (2014)
Kendall Coyne -- Olympian (2014)
Brianna Decker -- Olympian (2014)
Meghan Duggan -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Amanda Kessel -- Olympian (2014)
Hilary Knight -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson -- Olympian (2010, 2014)
Sidney Morin -- Added in November
Annie Pankowski
Kelly Pannek
Amanda Pelkey