Local hockey player Lenka Craigova was named Sunday to the Czech Ice Hockey Association's national team roster to compete in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 Women's World Championship starting March 26 in Chicago.
Craigova, a goaltender, was among 20 players named to the Czech National Team.
Craigova, age 15, is a dual-national of the Czech Republic and the United States. She has played the past two seasons for famed Czech hockey club, HC Kladno. In addition to participating in a Distance Learning program through Juneau-Douglas High School, she attends school in Kladno, Czech Republic.
Born Feb. 24, 1994, in the Czech Republic, Craigova moved with her parents to the United States at the age of two. At that point she began her hockey career as a peewee with the Juneau-Douglas Ice Association. She last played in North America for Team Alaska Bantam Boy's in the 2008 Arctic Winter Games where she won a bronze medal.
The IIHF World Championship will feature many of the top-seeded national teams in the world, including Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Each national team consists of the 20 best female hockey players, under-18 years of age from each country.