Black and orange are the preferred colors for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks, but they’ll make an exception for two of their alumni.
At the rate Cayla Barnes and Dominique Petrie are going, they’re bound to be more identifiable by another color scheme – Red, White and Blue.
In an unprecedented California “two-fer”, Barnes and Petrie were recently selected to lead their respective U.S. Women’s Select teams, for Barnes the Under-22 squad and for Petrie the Under-18 team.
The teams competed in three-game series against Canada at Calgary on Aug. 16-19, with the U22s going 1-2 and the U18s going 3-0.
Both players have extensive experience representing USA Hockey in international competition.
Barnes, who played for both the Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks, added to an impressive international resume. The top item on that came in February when she helped Team USA win an Olympic gold medal at the 2018 Winter Games. Barnes, a defenseman for Boston College, played a regular shift in all five games and was the team’s youngest player.
That Barnes, a 1999 birth year, led the U22 team at age 19 is not insignificant. It’s also not out of character. She also captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 U18 World Championship, scoring six points and going plus-5 in five games.
“Being able to lead this team is a huge honor,” Barnes told USA Hockey’s website. “I have had the privilege to play with and learn from some incredible leaders, and I hope to bring those skills to this team. This group is so talented.”
That 2017 U18 World Championship team, which Petrie also was a member of, marked Barnes’ third consecutive gold medal in that event, and for good measure she was named the tournament’s top defenseman in both 2017 and 2016, when she had six assists and was a plus-10.
Petrie, a forward who was a long-time member of the Jr. Ducks’ 2001 birth year teams, played for the U18 Select Teams each of the past two seasons.
Those appearances set the table for her making the U18 Women’s World Championship teams that won gold in both 2017 and 2018. She was an alternate captain on the 2018 gold medal-winning team and put up eight points in five games.
“Being named captain is a tremendous honor and I’m extremely grateful,” Petrie said. “Having the opportunity to lead a team that represents our country is something that is incredibly special, especially with such an amazing group of girls by my side.”
Petrie, who will be a freshman at Harvard this season, is one of seven 2001s from the Jr. Ducks who have made Division I college commitments.
“When she played for us she was on a very good hockey team, and she was well respected by everyone on the team,” said Jr. Ducks Director of Coaches Craig Johnson, who coached the 2001s with Scott Niedermayer. “Her compete level was really high and her care factor was really high for the team.
“She not only sought to improve as an individual but to help the team improve. I have been very impressed with her drive.”
The drive of both young ladies is taking them right toward the top of their sport.