Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum

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Elias Hubbard | 03 January, 2018, 01:35

Butler has played in the NHL, KHL, and other worldwide tournaments. Still, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

"I know we're a little down on the Olympics without the NHL, but these are the kinds of moments that make me so happy for the players selected", writes ESPN hockey analyst Chris Peters.

Here's the full roster, via USA Hockey, along with the teams and leagues they're now playing for this season.

The rosters for the United States men's, women's Olympic teams and the roster United States Paralympics teams were announced during the second period of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field.

The women's Olympic team will be looking to secure their first title since their Olympic debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, whilst the men will be hoping to simply finish on the podium after failing to do so at Sochi 2014.

Former Yalie Brian O'Neill will represent the U.S.at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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. It just so happens that he is one of, if not the, most important player on the roster.

There will be two more goaltenders added to the roster "later in January", according to USA Hockey. "There's a lot of great leadership on the team with Gionta being our captain." .

Twelve years ago, Gionta, a forward from Rochester, N.Y., who was then with the New Jersey Devils, played for a USA team comprised exclusively of National Hockey League players that finished eighth at the 2006 Torino Olympic Games. Gionta's best season came in 2005-06, his fourth season in the National Hockey League, when he scored an astounding 48 goals and 89 points in 82 games. There are also four current college players. Not only is she a lockdown defender, but she's also a reputable scorer, ranking first among all defensemen for the second-straight year with 39 points last season.

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