Two Chicago area players were named Wednesday to the 21-​​member U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team that has become the favorite to win the gold medal next month in Sochi, Russia.

They are for­ward Kendall Coyne of Palos Heights, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity junior, and high-​​scoring defenseman Megan Bozek of Buf­falo Grove, who won NCAA titles at Min­nesota her junior and senior years.

They are among the 10 Olympic rookies on the roster, although both Bozek and Coyne were mem­bers of the U.S. team that beat defending Olympic cham­pion Canada in the 2013 World Championships.

Team USA has beaten Canada four straight times in exhi­bi­tion games since Dec. 12.

Coyne, 21, a Sand­burg High School grad, played two sea­sons for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity before taking this year off to be with the national team.

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