Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

Arnold Nichols
January 2, 2018

It marks the first time in four Olympic Games that have featured UW women's players that more of them have appeared on Canada's roster than the US team.

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

Rah Seung-yun, better known as Theresa Rah, became popular for her pitch before the International Olympic Committee back in 2011 in favor of Pyeongchang as the venue for the Winter Olympics. "There are a lot of players out there that could potentially be Olympic athletes".

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.

This isn't a rag-tag bunch of college kids like the 1980 "Miracle On Ice", the last time the US men's hockey team won the Olympic gold medal. The U.S. lost the bronze medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver in Vancouver in 2010. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen.

Team USA, which will be coached by former National Hockey League player Tony Granato, was officially named on Monday.


Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in the KHL, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later this month.

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.

Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the women's team.

The team is led by general manager Reagan Carey with head coach Robb Stauber, associate head coach Brett Strot and assistant coach Paul Mara. Two players have been under consideration during events this season.

Team USA opens Olympic play at 2:40 a.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 11 against Finland, followed by a 7:10 a.m. game against Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and concludes round-robin play 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Canada. Henrik Lundqvist, who has been in goal for all four of the wins, stopped 31 shots to help the Rangers improve to 6-2-3 in their last 11 overall.

The NHL announced past year that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top worldwide stars from playing in South Korea.

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