Gionta, Bourque to lead Olympic Team USA in men's ice hockey

Jeongseon is the venue for Alpine skiing speed events

Jeongseon is the venue for Alpine skiing speed events

"There's a lot of great leadership on the team with Gionta being our captain." .

The men's team isn't without UW influence, however. "I was able to participate in one, but you only play this game for so long".

Now Rah (44) will officiate in English at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics. To cap off a sensational year, they were among the first athletes selected onto the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Team, where Harley will make more history as Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympian.

That left players from European pro teams, players out of contract or whose deals are only for the American Hockey League, and collegians.

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

The final two BC players on 2018 United States of America. Of the 23 players to book their ticket to the Pyeongchang, five are either current or past BC skaters.

On the women's side, the US roster has a familiar set of former Badgers players.

Joining Duggan on a third Olympic roster are Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Gigi Marvin.

Rah returned to work in her own company although the organizing committee of the Winter Olympics offered her a job as a spokesperson.

Gionta, who played three seasons with the Blue and Gold from 2014-2017, spent time practicing with the Rochester Americans in October to prepare for worldwide competition before heading overseas.

Olympic Team roster. Keller-the 2017 Hockey East Player of the Year-is as versatile as it gets.

Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion. The initial American roster includes the admittedly "semiretired" Gionta, three players from the Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, and 15 now playing in leagues across Europe.

Team USA opens the competition Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Slovenia.

The nine UW women's players in the Olympics matches the all-time high of 2010, when the Mark Johnson-coached American team had seven Badgers players.

Bozek played in four world championships and was one of the top defensemen at the 2014 Olympics, making the all-tournament team after contributing four assists and a goal. United States of America took home Gold at that tournament in Nagano, Japan in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians. In 2006, Gionta led Team U.S.A. with four goals in six games in the Torino, Italy games.

Alley, Lundeen and Taft were the first three of 18 Badgers players to skate for the an Olympics.

However, neighbours Canada have been given the number one seeding. The team will also play Slovakia on February 16 and OAR on February 17.

The NHL announced a year ago that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top global stars from playing in South Korea.

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