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Morin reunites with former UMD teammate Rooney, fights for spot on Team USA

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Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) defenseman Sidney Morin is one step closer to fulfilling her lifelong dream of playing for the United States Women's National Team in the Winter Olympics. 

The 2016-17 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year this past week was added to the United States roster, and on Sunday played in the American's 2-1 exhibition loss to Canada in St. Paul, Minn. 

"To be with this group of amazing athletes is such an honor," said Morin at Team USA's practice before the game. "I'm glad to be a part of it and be part of something bigger than myself." 

Most of the players have been practicing and playing together since May. While Morin just recently joined the group, the transition was made easier as she is reunited with UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney. 

"I haven't seen her in a while and it's exciting for both of us," said Morin. "It's nice to have someone I played college hockey with, and a good friend and teammate. We're excited to chase this dream together." 

After four seasons at UMD, Morin has been playing this 2017-18 season with MODO Hockey in the Swedish Women's Hockey League. In 21 games, she's totaled 10 goals and 22 assists.

Morin and Rooney are two of 26 players under consideration for the Olympic team, which will be announced on New Year's Day. There are 23 spots available on the final roster for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. 

"To be able to represent your country is an awesome opportunity," said Morin. "For now, I'm just going to work hard and represent USA well." 

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