Monday, 17 December, 2018

USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum

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The U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team will be one of 12 teams competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Only four come from the college ranks, ensuring the team does not mark a full return to the pre-NHL era when the last American team to win gold at the Lake Placid Games in 1980 in the "Miracle on Ice" were predominantly collegiate players.

The NHL's refusal to release its players to play in the Olympics has left each of the men's teams in the same boat.

The Rochester, New York, native became an unrestricted free agent following the 2016-17 season and after not being offered a contract, signed with the practice squad of Rochester, the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate.

Team USA won the first women's ice hockey Olympic gold medal ever awarded in 1998, and has reached the podium at each Games since, claiming silver in 2002, 2012 and 2014, and bronze in 2006, while Canada has won gold at each of those Games.

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The 2018 team features numerous players who went to the Deutschland Cup in Germany in October in what amounted to both a trial and their only warm-up games ahead of Pyeongchang. "I would have never (thought I'd) been saying to myself I will probably be playing in the Olympics in my junior year of college". U.S. took home Gold at that tournament in Nagano, Japan in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians.

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.

There could have been 10 from UW in the Olympics, but forward Annie Pankowski, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, was cut from the US team in December.

The most familiar name on the roster is forward Brian Gionta, who recently completed a 1,006-game National Hockey League career last season and played in the 2006 Winter Games. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country. "Gio, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way".

The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9 to 25 with the Paralympics following from March 8 to 18. Ryan Donato, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, is the son of 1992 Olympian Ted Donato.

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