Fromer Sabres Captain Brian Gionta headlines US Olympic Team
02 January, 2018, 11:18 | Author: Edward Fernandez
The U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team will be one of 12 teams competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Team USA opens Olympic play at 2:40 a.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 11 against Finland, followed by a 7:10 a.m. game against Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and concludes round-robin play 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Canada.
Marvin will play in her third Olympics, while Stecklein and Kessel will play in their second. The initial USA roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, three players from the AHL in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, five from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, five from Switzerland's National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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.
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Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later in January. US took home Gold at that tournament in Nagano, Japan in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians.
A senior US official has cast doubt over whether USA athletes will able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in amid heightened tensions with the. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen. Bob Johnson went on sabbatical in the 1975-76 college hockey season to coach the U.S.to a fifth-place finish and took three UW players - Steve Alley, Bob Lundeen and John Taft - along with assistant coach Grant Standbrook with him.
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