USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum

Jan 02, 2018, 06:18
USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum

Tony Granato's U.S. Olympic men's hockey team doesn't have any former University of Wisconsin players on the roster, but four former Badgers players are on the American women's hockey squad.

USA Hockey revealed the members of Team USA during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday afternoon. He first suited up for the U.S, at the World Junior Championships in 1998 and last played in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, where the Americans finished 8th.

Marvin will play in her third Olympics, while Stecklein and Kessel will play in their second. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen.

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"We really like our roster", said Jim Johnson, general manager of the 2018 USA Men's Olympic Team and the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA hockey.

On the women's side, the USA roster has a familiar set of former Badgers players.

USA Hockey announced its roster Monday at the Winter Classic in NY. "I'm happy that they're getting the chance to do this", said Shattenkirk, whose Boston University teammate Matt Gilroy is expected to be one of those selected.

Zapolski, 31, is now a goalie for Jokerit (Helsinki, Finland) of the Kontinental Hockey League, which is an worldwide professional ice hockey league.

The U.S. team is coached by former Gophers goaltender Robb Stauber of Medina.

Lamoureux-Morando, whose 10 points in 2010 is tied for second place among US players for a single Olympic tournament, is listed as a defenseman but has played as both a forward and a defensemen during Team USA's current pre-Olympic schedule.

Alley, Lundeen and Taft were the first three of 18 Badgers players to skate for the U.S.in an Olympics.

Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the women's team. Four others have played for Canada and one for Austria.

The Olympic tournament is going to be a lot different this year with the lack of involvement of the National Hockey League, which refused to stop its season to send players to the event for the first time since 1994. Carpenter also played at the Sochi Olympics and scored a team-high four goals.

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