Veteran winger Brian Gionta will serve as captain of the US Olympic hockey team at the Winter Olympics, which will be the first without NHL players since 1994.
USA Hockey announced its roster Monday at the Winter Classic in New York. It includes college players Troy Terry from Denver, Jordan Greenway from Boston University, Will Borgen from St. Cloud State, and Ryan Donato from Harvard.
Without the ability to name NHL stars , the US roster is a mix of players from the NCAA ranks, European professional leagues, and the American Hockey League. AHL star Chris Bourque from Boston and a handful of former NHL players now in Europe, including Mark Arcobello, Jim Slater, James Wisniewski, and Bobby Sanguinetti, are expected to help Gionta on the leadership front. The roster also includes Brighton native and Harvard graduate Noah Welch and BU grad Matt Gilroy.
This is the moment Bobby Butler of Marlborough and the Milwaukee Admirals told his dad he made the Olympic team:
The roster for the women’s team includes 10 Olympians, six of whom competed at both the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Games — Westfield native Kacey Bellamy, captain Meghan Duggan of Danvers, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Davidson, and Gigi Marvin — and four that made their Olympic debut in Sochi — Northeastern graduate Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, and Lee Stecklein.
Boston College has five representatives, including defenseman Cayla Barnes ’22, defenseman Kali Flanagan ’19 of Burlington, defenseman Megan Keller ’19, defenseman Emily Pfalzer ’15, and forward Haley Skarupa ’16.