The U.S. unveiled its roster for the men's Olympic Hockey team on Monday.
Introducing the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's, Women's & Paralympic Sled rosters! He is the only skater on this year's team that has any Olympic experience. Team USA is competing in Group A alongside Canada, Finland and Russian Federation, and will open the competition Sunday, Feb. 11 against Finland. He won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003, and was captain of the Sabres from 2014-17.
It's a great accomplishment for Butler, who in 2010 was named Hockey East Player of the Year while at UNH and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. So the USA roster is mostly comprised of Americans playing professionally overseas. Gionta also found himself representing the United States at the Olympics in 2006 and has a history of performing when his team needs it most. Boston University's Jordan Greenway, St. Cloud State's Will Borgen and Denver's Troy Terry join Donato.
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Other three-time Olympians on the team are Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who began their college careers with the Gophers before transferring to North Dakota; former Wisconsin forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight; and defenseman Kacey Bellamy, who played at New Hampshire.
Greenwich's Sean Backman, a 2010 Yale graduate playing in the German pro league, was on the USA roster for the Deutschland Cup but did not make the final cut. The team will also play Slovakia on February 16 and OAR on February 17. He's been in Europe nearly exclusively since leaving New Haven, leading the Swedish pro league in scoring in 2015.
The only U.S. Olympic team with more Yale representation was the 1932 team, which featured five former Bulldogs: Franklin "Tot" Farrell, John Cookman, Frank Nelson, John Bent and Ding Palmer. Jack Morrison was on the 1968 team while Brooke skated for his Yale coach, Taylor, an assistant in 1984.