Huskies' Borgen, alumni Roe make Olympic hockey team

Jonathan Hernandez
January 2, 2018

Colorado native and University of Denver forward Troy Terry was selected for the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team less than a month before the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25.

The rosters for the United States men's, women's Olympic teams and the roster United States Paralympics teams were announced during the second period of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field.

Veteran winger Brian Gionta will serve as captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the Winter Olympics, which will be the first without NHL players since 1994. It includes college players Troy Terry from Denver, Jordan Greenway from Boston University, Borgen from St. Cloud State and Ryan Donato from Harvard.

The NHL's refusal to release its players to play in the Olympics has left each of the men's teams in the same boat.

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 global competition before heading overseas.

The U.S. Women's Olympic Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since the first-ever women's ice hockey tournament in 1998. As a result, national teams have needed to turn elsewhere, including colleges and European leagues, to fill out their rosters. He is the only skater on this year's team that has any Olympic experience. Henrik Lundqvist, who has been in goal for all four of the wins, stopped 31 shots to help the Rangers improve to 6-2-3 in their last 11 overall. Never would I have imagined playing at the highest level of hockey representing my country.

After claiming the last four world titles, the USA women are poised to return to the top of the podium 20 years later.

On Dec. 22, Canada named five former Badgers women's hockey players to its Olympic team: forwards Emily Clark, Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull; defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson; and goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens. "Gio, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way". He played for the the 2006 Olympics and has been practicing with the A.H.L.'s Rochester Americans to stay in shape for Pyeongchang. Ten Gophers have represented the the Olympics, and two Finnish Gophers, Noora Räty and Mira Jalusuo, have competed for their native Finland.

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