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02 January, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Team USA to reveal Pyeongchang 2018 ice hockey teams

Without the ability to name NHL stars like Patrick Kane, Johnny Gaudreau, Auston Matthews and Jonathan Quick, the US roster is a mix of players from the NCAA ranks, European professional leagues and the American Hockey League. The announcement was made Monday during the NHL Winter Classic in NY.

Team USA play their first game against Slovenia on February 14.

The roster features a bevy of players from all walks of hockey - some of whom have had long careers in the NHL, receiving multiple accolades in the process, some who have played in the NHL for a far less significant amount of time but who made it to the world's top league nonetheless and finally, some of the world's best hockey prospects in the form of Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Troy Terry to name a few.

Marvin will play in her third Olympics, while Stecklein and Kessel will play in their second. Zapolski played junior hockey in the North American Hockey League for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms.

He is the only player in the squad to have previous Olympic experience, having played for the U.S.at the 2006 Games in Turin and is well aware the team has precious little time together to try and challenge for a medal in Pyeongchang. Fellow Gopher alumna Megan Bozek ('13) was part of the centralization team but will not return to the Olympic Games after earning silver with Team USA in 2014.

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The junior still had a superb season, finishing with 2,154 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns, including 1,134 yards rushing. Ninety-two yards later, he was in the end zone untouched, giving Penn State a 28-7 lead with 9:01 left in the second quarter.

He was a student at Mercyhurst College from 2007 to 2011 where he played NCAA Division I college hockey for the school. Since 1998, the USA has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).

Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Olympics and coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the USA seeks its first Olympic gold medal since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team.

The most familiar name on the roster is forward Brian Gionta, who recently completed a 1,006-game National Hockey League career last season and played in the 2006 Winter Games. "Gio, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way". "There's a lot of great leadership on the team with Gionta being our captain." .

Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion.

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