For the first time since 1994, the world's best hockey league won't send its players to the Olympics thanks to a series of financial and logistical disagreements. The move sent competing nations into a scramble and threw medal predictions out the window. Team USA now has a chance to win its first men's hockey gold since the miracle in Lake Placid. This is the crew they hope to do it with.
The Milford, Connecticut, native by playing on four different teams in the 2014-2015 season. The Yale alum currently skates for SC Bern, the current champions of Switzerland's National League. After winning back-to-back titles, he was named the league's .
The defenseman from Marysville, Michigan, also currently skates overseas for Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). previously played for both the NHL and its minor counterpart, the American Hockey League (AHL), and represented Team USA at two Deutschland Cups.
A first round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the currently competes in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the premier league in Europe and Asia considered second-best in the world. Blum's now based in Russian with Admiral Vladivostok, but he was born Ladera Ranch, California, and rooted for the Los Angeles Kings while growing up.
The defenseman from Moorhead, Minnesota, just turned 21 in December and still competes for — one of the in the NCAA — in his home state. It isn't his first international competition though; won bronze with Team USA at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship.
A forward for the Hershey Bears in the AHL, originally hails from Boston where he played for Boston University. He also went to World Juniors twice, first in 2005 and again in 2006.
Three-time AHL All-Star currently skates as a forward for the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL after a stint in Croatia for the KHL. His dad coached his high school hockey team to a Massachusetts state championship in 2005.
The 's favorite hockey memory was winning the Beanpot — a tournament between four Boston colleges — but the Massachusetts native also secured a bronze at World Juniors in 2016. He also has hockey in his blood; dad Ted Donato skated in the NHL for 13 seasons.
Another BU alum, this is 's fourth time representing Team USA on defense. The North Bellmore, New York, native now plays in Helsinki, Finland, for the Jokerit (translation: jokers) as a defenseman. That translates to texting too: he's apparently the in the Olympic team's group text.
As the oldest player on the team and the only one with Olympic experience, the 38-year-old former NHLer will wear the C as Gionta played in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, and competed professionally up until last year with his hometown Buffalo Sabres. When new management didn't re-up his contract, the decided to focus on his family. Now the forward has a chance to go back and win gold.
will make history as the to represent Team USA hockey at the Olympics. One of four college players on the roster, the forward from Canton, New York, currently skates for BU.
The defensemen also plays in the Swiss league as a member of Brynäs IF. A Bensalem, Pennsylvania, native, just recorded his first international appearance for USA in the Deutschland Cup.
The forward from Abington, Pennsylvania, skated in the NHL, SHL, and KHL, but now he's based in Germany with Adler Mannheim
Goaltender has made a bit of a name for himself in the hockey world by twice to prevent scores on a breakaway. Each incident prompted an immediate rule change preventing similar antics, first by the AHL and then by the DEL, his current league. No word on whether the IIHF will do the same for the Olympics.
Another Swiss star, was the SHL scoring champion in the 2014-2015 season. The forward from Phoenix has played stateside for Yale, where he won two Eastern College Athletic Conference championships.
The to the roster along with Leggio, the goalie from Winter Park, Florida, currently plays for BK Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga. The international experience means 's used to Olympic-sized rinks, which are about 15 feet wider than NHL ones.
A native Bostonian, the forward loves all things New England: Bruins, Patriots, and Good Will Hunting. currently plays for the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL, and previously skated for the NHL's San Jose Sharks.
The forward has a lot in common with his teammates: He competes with Gilroy on the Jokerit, and skated with Arcobello and Little as Elis. The from Yardley, Pennsylvania also made the roster for the NHL's New Jersey Devils as recently as 2016.
Born into a hockey family in Vienna, Virginia, "had that extra little sense for the game" early on, his father told the . The forward is now based in Switzerland with EV Zug and logged his first international appearance with Team USA last year.
A first round pick of the New York Rangers in 2006, the Lumberton, New Jersey, native never dreamed of a shot at the Olympics after a hip surgery sidelined his professional career in the U.S. Now the is competing for his home country on the world's biggest stage — and coaches figure it could earn him another shot at the NHL, according to .
recorded a whopping 10 seasons in the NHL as a forward before moving abroad, most recently skating for Fribourg-Gotteron Olympic roster. Now the center from Lapeer, Michigan, is prepping for PyeongChang.
After graduating from University of Minnesota, played for the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL before shuffling between AHL and KHL teams. The international league named him All-Star in 2017 after the Minnesotan's performance with Spartak Moskva.
At just 19 years-old, the University of Denver junior is a burgeoning hockey star slated to play for the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL post-graduation. became an at last year's World Juniors when he scored the game-winning goal in an overtime shootout.
The from Brighton, Massachusetts, notched 75 NHL games before transiting to the SHL in 2012. He's currently skating for the Växjö Lakers, and previously served as captain for Harvard's hockey team.
When he's not playing for the Kassel Huskies in Germany's minor leagues, the from Canton, Michigan, manages his own clothing line, . The dad of two has also played for six different NHL teams.
Last but certainly not least, is the goalie expected to spend the most time in the crease for Team USA this Olympics. The Mercyhurst alum from Erie, Pennsylvania, bounced from seven different ECHL teams (another American minor league) in his first two years of professional play, but is currently on a with the Jokerit.
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