Hockey Sends Six Players to 2018 Winter Olympics

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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.

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.

Both will compete for the Americans at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country.

Knight is fifth among USA players for all-time Olympic assists with 10, followed by Lamoureux-Davidson with nine.

Team USA won the first women's ice hockey Olympic gold medal ever awarded in 1998, and has reached the podium at each Games since, claiming silver in 2002, 2012 and 2014, and bronze in 2006, while Canada has won gold at each of those Games. In his most recent stint in the NHL, Gionta found himself captaining the Buffalo Sabres.

Has Jon talked much with Tony Granato and what should we expect?

Tony Granato, who played at the 1988 Olympics and now coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the USA seeks its first Olympic gold medal since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team.

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He was a student at Mercyhurst College from 2007 to 2011 where he played NCAA Division I college hockey for the school.

He is the second Badgers coach to lead a U.S. Olympic team.

Nichols grad and Getzville native Emily Pfalzer will also represent the United States in PyeongChang with the Women's team. Nicole Hensley has played on the last two world championship teams, and Maddie Rooney picked up a game of experience at the 2017 world championships.

Two-time defending gold-medal-winning Canada is expected to announce its roster on January 11.

The league said last April it would not release players after failing to reach a deal with the International Olympic Committee to cover players' travel and insurance costs.

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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