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USA Olympic roster announced & quotes from Jonathan Blum

03 January, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Carla Brady
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And the joyful, emotional moment when forward Bobby Butler told his dad that he made the team was caught on video. Butler then delivers the good news, while his Milwaukee teammates cheer.

It shows Butler skating up to the side of the rink as his father walks in.

Team USA will be competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games from February 11-22, 2018 with 11 other countries.

The last time a Yale man made the Olympic roster was 34 years ago, when Bob Brooke skated for Team USA at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.

With the National Hockey League not having a break in its schedule for this year's Winter Olympics, some of the sport's most noticeable stars will not be in South Korea next month. The NHL stated that the "overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-2018 NHL season". There are also four current college players. "But the International Olympic Committee wasn't planning to foot the bill for 2018". And, as SB Nation wrote, National Hockey League stars are out and "in their place are a bunch of guys you've probably never heard of".

The only goaltender named Monday is Ryan Zapolski, who plays in Europe's Kontinental Hockey League.

Commenting on the squad announcement, executive director of USA Hockey Pat Kelleher said: "The NHL Winter Classic is one of the can't-miss hockey events on the calendar every year". Prior to his NHL and worldwide playing days, Gionta posted four 50-point seasons and won the 2000-01 national championship at BC, in addition to serving as a team captain during his senior season. Just one member of the team, captain Brian Gionta, has played in the Olympics before.

While BC's women's program might not have produced a team captain, it did send the largest contingent of Eagles to the Olympics in school history. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country.

But it may be that the lack of prior fame makes moment like Butler's all the more poignant. They also prevented any player with an active NHL contract from going - meaning players from the league will not attend the games for the first time since 1994.



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