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Eight with Minnesota ties make USA women's Olympic hockey team

Eight with Minnesota ties make USA women's Olympic hockey team

Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Jokerit in the Kontinental Hockey League, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later in January. The team was announced on Monday during the Winter Classic in NY.

That left players from European pro teams, players out of contract or whose deals are only for the American Hockey League, and collegians.

He was a student at Mercyhurst College from 2007 to 2011 where he played NCAA Division I college hockey for the school. He also played for the South Carolina Stingrays, where he was named the ECHL's Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and the league's Most Valuable Player.

One current St. Cloud State men's hockey player and one former Husky were named Monday to the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the Winter Olympics.

Team USA has had a chance to play at the Deuchland cup, as their only tournament to set things up but the coaching staff has been communicating on daily basis to determine the best options to win the winter Olympics.

The final two BC players on 2018 United States of America. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country. The U.S. lost the bronze-medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver at Vancouver in 2010.

Knight is fifth among US players for all-time Olympic assists with 10, followed by Lamoureux-Davidson with nine.

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Sabres prospect Will Borgen will join Gionta as a member of the U.S. Olympic team. The team will be coached by Tony Granato, a former Kings forward.

It marks the first time in four Olympic Games that have featured UW women's players that more of them have appeared on Canada's roster than the USA team.

To that end, the USA roster is a blend of youth and experience that also takes into account the wider, international-sized ice that the tournament will be played on.

The U.S. faces Slovenia in its Olympic opener on February 14. Two players have been under consideration during events this season.

Cammi Granato led the Americans to the gold medal in the first Olympic women's hockey tournament in 1998, but Canada has won the last four times.

The NHL announced a year ago that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top global stars from playing in South Korea.


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