Hockey Player Tells Dad He Made The Olympic Team

Posted January 03, 2018

Gionta, who hasn't played in the National Hockey League this season, played 17 seasons from 2001-17 with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.

"It's a tremendous feeling to represent team United States of America at the Olympics".

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.

Current NHL players are not allowed to compete in the Olympics.

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The only U.S. Olympic team with more Yale representation was the 1932 team, which featured five former Bulldogs: Franklin "Tot" Farrell, John Cookman, Frank Nelson, John Bent and Ding Palmer. Terry is the Pioneers' second-leading scorer with 25 points (eight goals) and ranks ninth nationally.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the decisions "must be a huge disappointment for the players" - but for Butler and others it presents a wonderful opportunity.

While BC's women's program might not have produced a team captain, it did send the largest contingent of Eagles to the Olympics in school history.

Late past year, though, Stauber said the team felt a "need to tinker with some things".

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"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. At just 18 years and 11 months of age, she is the youngest player on the 2018 United States of America.

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

Greenwich's Sean Backman, a 2010 Yale graduate playing in the German pro league, was on the US roster for the Deutschland Cup but did not make the final cut. Once the captain of the Boston College Screaming Eagles, Gionta led his collegiate team to a national championship in the 2000-01 season. Coupled with Barnes, Keller, and Flanagan, Pfalzer and the Eagles account for more than half of the 2018 Olympic Team's defensemen. Since 1998, the US has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).

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