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02 January, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Rachael Silva
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The 38-year-old winger played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, played more than 1,000 career games and combined for 588 career points. The announcement was made Monday during the NHL Winter Classic in NY.

Team USA has had a chance to play at the Deuchland cup, as their only tournament to set things up but the coaching staff has been communicating on daily basis to determine the best options to win the winter Olympics.

Denver's Troy Terry, Boston University's Jordan Greenway, St. Cloud State's Will Borgen and Harvard's Ryan Donato are the NCAA players who should give the US a shot of youth.

The NHL's refusal to release its players to play in the Olympics has left each of the men's teams in the same boat. The initial US roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, three players from the AHL in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, five from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, five from Switzerland's National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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

Pfalzer, who starred at Boston College, is also no stranger to global play.


Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Olympics and 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.

The initial American roster includes the admittedly "semiretired" Gionta, three players from the A.H.L.in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, and 15 now playing in leagues across Europe. Since 1998, the USA has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006). "I would have never (thought I'd) been saying to myself I will probably be playing in the Olympics in my junior year of college".

He was a student at Mercyhurst College from 2007 to 2011 where he played NCAA Division I college hockey for the school.

Borgen is now a junior defenseman at St. Cloud State. "There are a lot of players out there that could potentially be Olympic athletes". "Gio, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way". In his most recent stint in the NHL, Gionta found himself captaining the Buffalo Sabres.

One of his assistants for the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February is former UW defenseman Chris Chelios, a four-time Olympian as a player. Ten Gophers have represented the U.S.in the Olympics, and two Finnish Gophers, Noora Räty and Mira Jalusuo, have competed for their native Finland.

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