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Son shares special moment with dad after making Olympic hockey team

03 January, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the decisions "must be a huge disappointment for the players" - but for Butler and others it presents a wonderful opportunity. Still, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

The U.S. Women's Olympic Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since the first-ever women's ice hockey tournament in 1998.

USA Hockey announced its roster for the 2018 Olympics during Monday's Winter Classic, and while there is no shortage of great stories surrounding the athletes chosen to compete in PyeongChang, one stood out.

While teams representing the United States have been a "who's who" of hockey in recent years, the 2018 roster will feature a roster of "who's that?" more than anything.

Team USA has had a chance to play at the Deuchland cup, as their only tournament to set things up but the coaching staff has been communicating on daily basis to determine the best options to win the winter Olympics.

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In Pyeongchang, the US women will be trying to win Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years. "It's a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players with a lot of passion about representing our country". So the USA roster is mostly comprised of Americans playing professionally overseas.

There will be two more goaltenders added to the roster "later in January", according to USA Hockey. Once the captain of the Boston College Screaming Eagles, Gionta led his collegiate team to a national championship in the 2000-01 season.

The US men's Olympic team will be captained by former Boston College star Brian Gionta, who has played 1,006 regular-season games and captained both the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres in his National Hockey League career. Carpenter also played at the Sochi Olympics and scored a team-high four goals.

Gionta was among 29 players who were on the United States roster for the Deutschland Cup from November 10-12 in Germany, which included players who were expected to compete for roster spots.

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