Sports Gionta, Wisniewski highlight U.S. men's Olympic roster

23:20  01 january  2018
23:20  01 january  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team won't feature current NHL players, but there will be a few familiar faces playing for gold next month in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

The full roster was named Monday during the second intermission of the Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York, with forward Brian Gionta - who will be team captain - and defenseman James Wisniewski serving as the most notable names.

Here's a look at the roster:

Goalies

Ryan Zapolski (KHL)

(Two more goalies will added to the roster later in January.)

Defensemen

Chad Billins (Swedish League)

Jonathon Blum (KHL)

Will Borgen (NCAA)

Matt Gilroy (KHL)

Ryan Gunderson (Swedish League)

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One-time 48-goal scorer Brian Gionta , a collection of other former NHL players and the son of a Hockey Hall of Famer highlight the U . S . Olympic roster The U . S . defense will include former NHLers Matt Gilroy, James Wisniewski , Jon Blum, Noah Welch, Bobby Butler, Chad Billins and Bobby Sanguinetti.

The full roster was named Monday during the second intermission of the Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York, with forward Brian Gionta - who will be team captain - and defenseman James Wisniewski serving as the most notable names. The men ' s Olympic hockey tournament will run from Feb.

Bobby Sanguinetti (Swiss League)

Noah Welch (Swedish League)

James Wisniewski (German 2nd League)

Forwards

Mark Arcobello (Swiss League)

Chris Bourque (AHL)

Bobby Butler (AHL)

Ryan Donato (NCAA)

Brian Gionta (unsigned)

Jordan Greenway (NCAA)

Chad Kolarik (German League)

Broc Little (Swiss League)

John McCarthy (AHL)

Brian O’Neill (KHL)

Garrett Roe (Swiss League)

Jim Slater (Swiss League)

Ryan Stoa (KHL)

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Troy Terry (NCAA)

Tony Granato will serve as head coach.

The men's Olympic hockey tournament will run from Feb. 14-25.

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Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images We already know what Team USA will look like for men’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and we’ll find out about Team Canada with an announcement set Thursday afternoon. As you’ve surely heard by now, the proceedings have gone a bit differently than normal without the NHL. Colleges, European leagues, and the AHL will be the prime sources of talent for this year’s tournament as a result of the NHL’s decision not to participate. It’s going to be a much different affair, albeit one still full of the passionate players and exciting stories that define every Olympics.

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