Former Jr. King Barnes wins Under-18 gold

U.S. National Team member Cayla Barnes, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, celebrated an Under-18 Women’s World Championship on Monday after the U.S. bested Canada, 3-2 in overtime, in the title game.

Team USA forged a perfect 5-0 record at the event.

“It’s just a privilege to be a part of this group. The players deserve all the credit, as does the support staff and everyone that makes this kind of moment possible,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team.

“Having the opportunity to represent USA Hockey is like nothing else, and I know our coaching staff and our players can’t be more excited to get a gold medal to hang around our necks. It was a great game, a great tournament, a world-class display of women’s hockey at the U18 level, and something all of us will take with us for the rest of our lives.”

Barnes, a defenseman from Corona, is in her sophomore year at New Hampshire’s New Hampton School.