Cayla Barnes, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, has been added to the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team roster and has joined the team in Wesley Chapel, Fla., where it lives and trains in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“Cayla is a poised, young defenseman and we’re looking forward to her joining the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the upcoming 2017 Four Nations Cup,” said Reagan Carey, USA Hockey’s director of women’s hockey, and general manager of both the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team and 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
“Cayla has proven to be an impact player for Team USA at the Under-18 level, and we expect her skill, vision and energy will serve her well at the National Team level.”
Barnes is a three-time member of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team and is the only player to have won three consecutive gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship (2014, 2015 and 2016). She earned back-to-back Directorate Awards as the tournament’s best defenseman in 2016 and 2017.
She has also competed as a member of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team at the Under-18 Series three times (2014, 2015 and 2016) and was on the Women’s National Team roster for a pair of games against Canada in December 2016. In total, she has registered 14 points (three goals) in 23 games played with Team USA dating back to 2014.
In joining the Women’s National Team, Barnes will take time away from Boston College, where she’s played in five games as a freshman during the 2017-18 season.