Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 U.S. Olympic Rosters Announced

The preliminary rosters for this year's U.S. men's and women's ice hockey teams that will compete next month in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have been announced.

The men's side, which will not feature current NHL players for the first time since 1994, still boasts 15 players with NHL experience, according to USA Hockey. The lineup includes four current collegians in forwards Ryan Donato (Harvard), Jordan Greenway (Boston University) and Troy Terry (Denver), and defenseman Will Borgen (St. Cloud State), along with 16 players who previously played NCAA hockey.

Captaining the American men’s squad in February will be Brian Gionta (Boston College), who has not skated so far this season, but has over 1,000 games of NHL regular-season experience, and has also won both NCAA national and Stanley Cup championship rings. The U.S. head coach will be former NHL/NCAA player and U.S. Olympian Tony Granato (Wisconsin).

The full men’s roster is available here.

The U.S. women’s team features eight current collegians, including three from Boston College. The squad boasts 10 returning Olympians and six two-time Olympians, per USA Hockey, led by team captain Meghan Duggan (Wisconsin). All 23 players on the roster have played or are playing NCAA hockey.

The U.S., which has won the last four women’s hockey World Championships, will be guided in South Korea by head coach Robb Stauber (Minnesota), who was the first-ever goaltender to win the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

The full women’s roster is available here.

The American women, who claimed the silver medal in three of the last four Olympics, last won gold in 1988 in Japan, in the inaugural year of Olympic women’s hockey. The U.S. men last medaled in 2010, earning silver in Vancouver, and last claimed a gold medal at Lake Placid in 1980.

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