Gionta named captain as United States unveils Olympic roster

Posted January 02, 2018

The 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be different than the games we've seen in recent history; specifically in terms of men's hockey.

Terry, 20, is among four NCAA players selected to the team, and he will probably miss four DU games - a home-and-home series against Colorado College Feb. 16-17 and a two-game series at St. Cloud State Feb. 23-24. The team was announced on Monday during the Winter Classic in NY.

The roster features a bevy of players from all walks of hockey - some of whom have had long careers in the NHL, receiving multiple accolades in the process, some who have played in the NHL for a far less significant amount of time but who made it to the world's top league nonetheless and finally, some of the world's best hockey prospects in the form of Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Troy Terry to name a few. The crop of Eagles is headlined by freshman Cayla Barnes, who was added to the national team in late October, and juniors Megan Keller and Kali Flanagan, who opted to take a year off from the program to train with U.S.A. Hockey back in May.

Hensley, 23, is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a full-time member of the US women's national team.

Madison native Amanda Kessel, who played collegiately at Minnesota, also is a part of the team for a second straight Olympics.

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Tony Granato, who played at the 1988 Olympics and now coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the US seeks its first Olympic gold medal since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country.

Cammi Granato led the Americans to the gold medal in the first Olympic women's hockey tournament in 1998, but Canada has won the last four times. The 25-year-old won gold in the 2010 and 2014 Paralympics. Roe played for the Huskies from 2007-11 and now plays professionally in Europe.

"We have a decent amount of players that are already used to playing in Europe on the big ice, which can be helpful", said defenseman Ryan Gunderson, who's now playing in Sweden. In his most recent stint in the NHL, Gionta found himself captaining the Buffalo Sabres.

The U.S. faces Slovenia in its Olympic opener on February 14.