Gionta named captain of United States men's team for Pyeongchang Olympics

Rachel Hardy
January 2, 2018

Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later in January. The team was revealed Monday afternoon during intermission of the Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers.

That left players from European pro teams, players out of contract or whose deals are only for the American Hockey League, and collegians. Roe played for the Huskies from 2007-11 and now plays professionally in Europe.

Tony Granato's U.S. Olympic men's hockey team doesn't have any former University of Wisconsin players on the roster, but four former Badgers players are on the American women's hockey squad.

Team USA will be competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games from February 11-22, 2018 with 11 other countries. He played for the the 2006 Olympics and has been practicing with the A.H.L.'s Rochester Americans to stay in shape for Pyeongchang. Every kid dreams of playing in the Olympics and I'm the same way.

Sabres prospect Will Borgen will join Gionta as a member of the U.S. Olympic team.

Risky cold in Chicago for 1st day of 2018
Usually, it's a 2 or 3 day stint, but this go around, we're talking about 7 straight days of 20 degree highs or lower in Boston. A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values.

It will be the first Olympics without National Hockey League players since 1994. The team's general manager is former Badgers forward Jim Johannson, Granato's Olympic teammate in 1988.

After claiming the last four world titles, the USA women are poised to return to the top of the podium 20 years later. Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney (Andover) and former UMD defenseman Sidney Morin (Minnetonka) also made the team.

The 24-year-old played for the USA team at the 2010 and 2011 under-18 tournament, plus the 2015, '16 and '17 women's world championships. Bob Johnson went on sabbatical in the 1975-76 college hockey season to coach the a fifth-place finish and took three UW players - Steve Alley, Bob Lundeen and John Taft - along with assistant coach Grant Standbrook with him. Two players have been under consideration during events this season. United States of America took home Gold at that tournament in Nagano, Japan in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians.

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

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