Six Gophers Named to Team USA

Beth Cruz
January 2, 2018

The five women's ice hockey players are among the 23 names on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Still, the Olympic roster was announced during the second intermission of the 2018 Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres - a roster featuring former National Hockey League players, future National Hockey League players and everybody in between.

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. It includes college players Troy Terry from Denver, Jordan Greenway from Boston University, Will Borgen from St. Cloud State and Ryan Donato from Harvard.

Internationally, Terry has previously represented the the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship where he went four-for-four in shootout attempts during the final two (2) games of the tournament to help the Americans win gold.

Neither Team U.S.A.'s men nor women have won an Olympic gold medal in the 21st century.

To that end, the US 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.

Tony Granato, who played at the 1988 Olympics and now coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the USA seeks its first Olympic gold medal since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team. The United States certainly won't be the only team affected by the NHL's lack of participation in the Olympics, but they have undoubtedly been hit as hard as anybody. The U.S. lost the bronze medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver in Vancouver in 2010.

Borgen is now a junior defenseman at St. Cloud State. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country.

Gionta put up 588 points for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.

A senior US official has cast doubt over whether USA athletes will able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in amid heightened tensions with the.

The Winter Olympics are due to be held from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang.

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