USA Hockey introduces 2018 Olympic and Paralympic teams at Winter Classic

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USA Hockey officially announced their 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games rosters on New Year’s Day.

The NHL announced in early April last year that they would not take an Olympic break during their 2017-18 season. This is the first time the NHL has skipped the Olympics since pros filled rosters in Nagano, Japan in 1998.

Ending months of scouting trips for USA Hockey brass, the team which was revealed had the expected mix of former NHL talent, European league players and some current NCAA standouts, including Brian Gionta who played for the Buffalo Sabres last season, where he ecliped the 1,000 NHL games played mark.

USA Hockey named just one goalie to their men’s team on Monday, former Mercyhurst College and current KHL netminder Ryan Zapolski. Two more goalies are expected to be named to the team in the coming weeks.

The men of Team USA are scheduled to begin their Olympics on Valentines Day, Wednesday, February 14th against Slovenia at 7:10 a.m. ET.

With arguably the best chance to bring home a hockey gold medal for Team USA, many familiar names were announced for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team. Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, the Lamoureux twins, Monique and Jocelyne and Kacey Bellamy all make their third Olympic appearances for the U.S. Returning for her second Olympic games after struggling with concussion symptoms post-Sochi is Amanda Kessel.

A notable absence from the women’s team is 2014 Olympian Alex Carpenter, daughter of NHL star Bobby Carpenter. The younger Carpenter had played for the U.S. in every world championship since 2013. 

Women’s hockey starts all hockey in PyeongChang on Saturday, February 10. The U.S. women begin their Olympics the following day against Finland, with the puck dropping at 2:40 a.m. for viewers on the East Coast. Reigning women’s hockey gold medalists, Team Canada, will play the Olympic Athletes from Russia in their Sunday Olympic opener.

Team USA’s second preliminary game against the Olympic Athletes from Russia will be played at the friendlier hour of 7:10 a.m. ET. 

Visit the schedule page on NBCOlympics.com for more information on when and where to watch all your favorite events from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. 

2018 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team

NamePosition Current TeamNHL GP
Mark ArcobelloF SC Bern (NLA)139
Chris BourqueF Hershey Bears (AHL)51
Bobby ButlerF Milwaukee Admirals130
Ryan DonatoF Harvard Univ.0
Brian GiontaF Free agent1,006
Jordan GreenwayF Boston Univ.0
Chad KolarikF Adler Mannheim (DEL)6
Broc LittleF HC Davos (NLA)0
John McCarthyF San Jose Barracuda (AHL)88
Brian O’NeillF Jokerit (KHL)22
Garret RoeF EV Zug (NLA)0
Chad KolarikF Adler Mannheim (DEL)6
Broc LittleF HC Davos (NLA)0
John McCarthyF San Jose Barracuda (AHL)88
Brian O’NeillF Jokerit (KHL)22
Garret RoeF EV Zug (NLA)0
Jim SlaterF HC Fribourg-Gotteron (NLA)584
Ryan StoaF Spartak Moskva (KHL)40
Troy TerryF Univ. of Denver0
Chad BillinsD Linkoping HC (SHL)10
Jonathon BlumD HK Sochi (KHL)110
Will BorgenD St. Cloud State Univ.0
Matt GilroyD Jokerit (KHL)225
Ryan GundersonD Brynas IF (SHL)0
Bobby SanguinettiD HC Lugano (NLA)45
Noah WelchD Vaexjo Lakers (SHL)75
James WisniewskiD EC Kassel Huskies (DEL2)552
Ryan ZapolskiG Jokerit (KHL)0

2018 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

Name Position Most Recent Team
Hannah Brandt F Minnesota Whitecaps
Dani Cameranesi F Univ. of Minnesota
Kendall Coyne F Minnesota Whitecaps
Brianna Decker F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Meghan Duggan F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Amanda Kessel F New York Riveters (NWHL)
Hilary Knight F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson F Minnesota Whitecaps
Monique Lamoureux-Morando F Minnesota Whitecaps
Gigi Marvin F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Kelly Pannek F  Univ. of Minnesota
Amanda Pelkey F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Haley Skarupa F Boston Pride (NWHL)
Cayla Barnes D Boston College
Kacey Bellamy D Boston Pride (NWHL)
Kali Flanagan D Boston College
Megan Keller D Boston College
Sidney Morin D MODO Hockey (SDHL)
Emily Pfalzer D Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
Lee Stecklein D Univ. of Minnesota
Nicole Hensley G Lindenwood Univ.
Alex Rigsby G Minnesota Whitecaps
Maddie Rooney G Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth

2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

Name Position Most Recent Team
Travis Dodson F Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey
Declan Farmer (A) F Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey 
Noah Grove F Boston Bruins Sled Hockey
Luke McDermott F Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey
Kevin McKee F Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey
Josh Misiewicz F Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey
Adam Page F Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey
Rico Roman F Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey
Brody Roybal F Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey
Jack Wallace F New Jersey Freeze Sled Hockey
Tyler Carron D Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey
Ralph DeQuebec D Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey
Billy Hanning D DASA St. Louis Blues Sled Hockey
Nikko Landeros (A) D Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey
Josh Pauls (C) D DASA St. Louis Blues Sled Hockey
Steve Cash G DASA St. Louis Blues Sled Hockey
Jen Lee G Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey
 
 

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