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Wisconsin women's hockey: Badgers sign seven for 2016-17

With eight players graduating, the Badgers have a lot of positions to fill.

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The Badgers announced the signing of seven players this week.

The newest Badgers are goalies Nikki Cece and Alyson Baldwin, forwards Presley Norby, Abby Roque and Alexis Mauermann and defenders Maddie Rowe and Mekenzie Steffen.

Five of the seven players have international experience with their respective countries at the U-18 or U-22 level and Norby recently joined the senior level US National Team at the Four Nations Tournament.

Alyson Baldwin is from Richmond, Texas but holds dual citizenship between the US and Russia. She's been in camp with the US U-18 team, but was also invited to practice with the Russian national team in the lead up to Sochi.

Nikki Cece is from Oakville, Ontario. She won the PWHL league championship last season with the Oakville Hornets and has been invited to Team Canada U-18 camp. She competed for Ontario in the Canada National Championships and won bronze.

Alexis Mauermann is a native of Janesville, WI who attends Shattuck St. Mary's. In the past three years, she's won two national championships and placed second. She won gold with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships. Her brother Ross won a national championship with Providence last season.

Presley Norby is from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Captain of her high school team, they've won a state championship and placed second in her years there. Norby has been attending US development camps since 2013. She played in the US-Canada series in 2014 and 2015 and captained the squad in 2015. She won gold with the US team at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championships. Last month, she was one of five U-18s to be invited to a camp with the senior US squad in advance of the Four Nations Tournament. The week was meant to help mentor the younger players, but Norby was so impressive that when an injury opened a roster spot, she was named to the squad and joined the US in winning the Four Nations gold in Sweden.

Abby Roque is from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Her father, Jim, is a scout for the NHL Arizona Coyotes and coached the men's team at Lake Superior State University for nine years prior to that. Roque plays on the boys team at her high school - she's the only girl on her team or in the league and averages more than point per game. She's been invited to national development camps for four years. She had a goal and two assists at the 2014 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships when the US won silver. At the 2015 tournament, she had two assists on the way to a gold medal.

Maddie Rowe is from River Falls, WI. At 5'11", she's difficult to miss on the ice. She's a two-time captain for her high school squad and has received accolades from her conference and the WIAA. As a defenseman, she's scored more than 60 points in each of her last two seasons. She's been invited to three national development camps.

Mekenzie Steffen is from Centerville, Minnesota. An All-State selection each of the past two seasons, she's helped lead her two to back-to-back state championships. She was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Hockey Second Team last season. A three-time development camp invitee, Steffen was a member of the U-18 team that won gold at the IIHF Women's World Championships.