Team USA Announces 2018 Olympic Roster

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. 

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

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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