Photo: Tori Hartman
During the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic, a ceremony took place as Team USA announced their roster of players who are going to be donning the red, white, and blue at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Among those players announced included a name that will be recognized by Capitals and Hershey Bears fans: Chris Bourque. Bourque leads the AHL with 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) in 35 games this seaosn. For the first time since 1994, no NHL players will partake in the Olympic games.
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Brian Gionta, the leading scorer on the 2006 Olympic team also highlights the roster. Gionta is named the captain and hasn’t played in an NHL game this season, which made him eligible for the Olympics. He played the NHL for 17 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and Buffalo Sabres. Following the 2016-17 season, Gionta became a restricted free agent.
Another noteworthy player on the roster is Garrett Roe, a native of Vienna, Va. Roe plays for the Ev Zug of the NLA (National League) and has posted 37 points with 10 goals and 27 assists.
Team USA still needs to name two more goalies and those names should be announced at a later date.
By Michael Marzzacco