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

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

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. He is the only skater on this year's team that has any Olympic experience.

With the NHL not participating in the upcoming 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, hockey players from a variety of different leagues are being given the chance to represent their country.

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.




Other three-time Olympians on the team are Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who began their college careers with the Gophers before transferring to North Dakota; former Wisconsin forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight; and defenseman Kacey Bellamy, who played at New Hampshire. Terry is the Pioneers' second-leading scorer with 25 points (eight goals) and ranks ninth nationally. It's generally expected that they will send a team to Pyeongchang. He found out that he had made the roster for the US Olympic hockey team, and then got to tell his dad about it. At just 18 years and 11 months of age, she is the youngest player on the 2018 United States of America.

While teams representing the United States have been a "who's who" of hockey in recent years, the 2018 roster will feature a roster of "who's that?" more than anything.

Gionta has scored 289 goals and 588 points in 1,006 National Hockey League games while also adding 32 goals and 68 points in 112 postseason National Hockey League contests in his career. Flanagan has a ways to go to catch up to Keller, but is ninth among all Eagles defensemen in points, eighth in goals, and 11th in assists. He was a All-NCHC Rookie Team selection in the 2015-16 season, and selected on the 2017 All-NCHC Academic team. Gionta, Barnes, Keller, Flanagan, Pfalzer, and Skarupa will play a big role in deciding just how far their respective teams advance in the 2018 games.

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