USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum


The selection will take place live at the Citi Field stadium in New York City at 1pm local time during the second interval of the NHL Winter Classic, which sees the New York Rangers face the Buffalo Sabres.

Team USA will be competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games from February 11-22, 2018 with 11 other countries. Terry, the second leading scorer for the Pioneers, will miss a few games with DU, including a home series against Colorado College and another series against St. Cloud State. It's the first time since 1998 National Hockey League players will not be featured in the event.

The U.S. women have not won Olympic gold since the women's game made its debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

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. Fellow Gopher alumna Megan Bozek ('13) was part of the centralization team but will not return to the Olympic Games after earning silver with Team USA in 2014.

Lamoureux-Morando, whose 10 points in 2010 is tied for second place among US players for a single Olympic tournament, is listed as a defenseman but has played as both a forward and a defensemen during Team USA's current pre-Olympic schedule.

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Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Olympics and 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.

There could have been 10 from UW in the Olympics, but forward Annie Pankowski, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, was cut from the USA team in December.

On Dec. 22, Canada named five former Badgers women's hockey players to its Olympic team: forwards Emily Clark, Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull; defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson; and goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.

Before this year, 12 Gophers have competed in the Winter Olympic Games, making 20 Olympic appearances for two different countries.

If there aren't any late changes, it'll be the first time since 1972 that the US men's Olympic team hasn't featured a current or former Badgers player. Ten Gophers have represented the the Olympics, and two Finnish Gophers, Noora Räty and Mira Jalusuo, have competed for their native Finland.