During the second intermission of the tenth annual NHL Winter Classic game which saw the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers taking it outdoors on New Year’s Day, the hockey teams that will represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held at Pyeongchang, South Korea were announced.

Unlike the past four Olympics which saw NHL players stepping away from their day job to don the jersey of their homeland and play for their men’s hockey team, this year the NHL announced its NHL players and any AHL players on a two-way contract would not be eligible for Olympic teams. This had many wondering who would represent the USA. There was speculation that there would be a number of AHL players for the men’s team. Well the questions have been answered.

The men’s team draws its players from the KHL, Swedish League, Swiss League, German 2nd League, German League, AHL, and NCAA. While it was expected that there would be some Americans from the KHL and AHL, it is suspected that few expected so many from the other leagues and that the team would include four college players. The roster is still lacking two goaltenders. Additional information can be found on the Team USA page at USA Hockey.

Roster List

No.NamePOSHT (CM)WT (KG)BirthdateHometownCurrent Team (League)College
26Mark ArcobelloF5-8 (173)174 (79)1988-08-12Milford, Conn.SC Bern (NLA)Yale University (ECAC)
4Chad BillinsD5-8 (173)174 (79)1989-05-26Marysville, Mich.Linköping HC (SHL)Ferris State Unversity (CCHA)
24Jonathon BlumD6-1 (185)187 (85)1989-01-30Ladera Ranch, Calif.Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)
20Will BogenD6-2 (188)187 (85)1996-12-19Moorhead, Minn.St. Cloud State University (NCAA)St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
17Chris BourqueF5-8 (173)174 (79)1986-01-29Boston, Mass.Hershey Bears (AHL)Boston University (HEA)
15Bobby ButlerF6-0 (183)190 (86)1987-04-26Marlborough, Mass.Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)University of New Hampshire (HEA)
16Ryan DonatoF6-0 (183)181 (82)1996-04-09Scituate, Mass.Harvard University (NCAA)Harvard University (ECAC)
12Brian GiontaF5-7 (170)179 (81)1979-01-18Rochester, N.Y.
97Matt GilroyD6-2 (188)203 (92)1984-07-30North Bellemore, N.Y.Jokerit (KHL)Boston University (HEA)
18Jordan GreenwayF6-6 (197)227 (103)1997-02-16Canton, N.Y.Boston University (NCAA)Boston University (HEA)
13Ryan GundersonD5-10 (178)174 (79)1985-08-16Bensalem, Pa.Brynäs IF (SHL)University of Vermont (HEA)
42Chad KolarikF5-11 (180)183 (83)1986-01-26Abington, Pa.Adler Mannheim (DEL)University of Michigan (CCHA)
14Broc LittleF5-9 (175)170 (77)1988-03-24Phoenix, Ariz.HC Davos (NLA)Yale University (ECAC)
7John McCarthyF6-1 (185)195 (88)1986-08-09Boston, Mass.San Jose (AHL)Boston University (HEA)
9Brian O'NeillF5-9 (175)172 (78)1988-06-01Yardley, Pa.Jokerit (KHL)Yale University (ECAC)
11Garrett RoeF5-8 (173)181 (82)1988-02-22Vienna, Va.EV Zug (NLA)St. Cloud State University (WCHA)
22Bobby SanguinettiD6-3 (191)190 (86)1988-02-29Trenton, N.J.HC Lugano (NLA)
19Jim SlaterF6-0 (183)190 (86)1982-12-09Lapeer, Mich.Fribourg-Gotteron (NLA)Michigan State University (CCHA)
94Ryan StoaF6-3 (191)212 (96)1987-04-13Bloomington, Minn.Sparktak Moskva (KHL)University of Minnesota (WCHA)
23Troy TerryF6-1 (185)174 (79)1997-09-10Highlands Ranch, Colo.University of Denver (NCAA)University of Denver (NCHC)
5Noah WelchD6-4 (193)220 (100)1982-08-26Brighton, Mass.Växjö Lakers (SHL)Harvard University (ECAC)
21James WisniewskiD5-11 (180)203 (92)1984-02-21Canton, Mich.EC Kassel Huskies (DEL2)
30Ryan ZapolskiG6-0 (183)185 (84)1986-11-11Erie, Pa.Jokerit (KHL)Mercyhurst University (AHC)
A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.


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