Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

This week, it landed him on the USA men's Olympic hockey team set to play in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month.

US Hockey revealed its roster for the Olympics on Monday, and it features an eclectic mix of former NHL players and worldwide players.

With 1,006 games played over 15 seasons, the 38-year-old Gionta has by far the most National Hockey League experience of the 23 players named.

Each of Team USA's three goalies - Alex Rigsby, Maddie Rooney and Nicole Hensley - will be making their Olympic debut. "I'm honored and humbled by that".

Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, who attended Mount Carmel High School and spent nine seasons with the Blackhawks, will be an assistant coach, his first time in such a role with an Olympic team.

The United States has always fielded overwhelmingly white Winter Olympic teams, which isn't surprising considering ice sports are predominantly played by white athletes thanks to a number of historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors.

The Milwaukee Admirals are also proud to announce that team alum Jon Blum is also headed to the Olympics for the winter games.

The NHL's decision created a unique opportunity for players who would not have been able to make the team otherwise. In those games he totaled 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes.

Only four come from the college ranks, ensuring the team does not mark a full return to the pre-NHL era when the last American team to win gold at the Lake Placid Games in 1980 in the "Miracle on Ice" were predominantly collegiate players.

Robb Stauber will be the coach for the women's team, which begins play February 11 against Finland.

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