Jennifer Calfas
January 02, 2018 02:49 PM
This story originally appeared on Time

With no participation from the National Hockey League and a women’s team vying for gold, Team USA announced its rosters for its ice hockey teams competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The highly anticipated rosters were announced Monday at an intermission during the 2018 Winter Classic and come ahead of the first Winter Olympics the NHL has not participated in since 1994. That means the men’s ice hockey team competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea is a combination of former NHL players, minor league players and college athletes.

“Obviously from a selection process it’s been a battle for us on all the players we have available to us,” said Tony Granato, the men’s team coach said Monday.

US Monique Lamoureux (R) celebrates with her teammate Meghan Duggan after scoring during the Women's Ice Hockey Group A match USA vs Switzerland at the Shayba Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

He continued, “I think we’ve put together an outstanding group of players that will represent us well come February and give us a great chance to do really well and compete for a medal.”

The men’s team captain is Brian Gionta, who played for the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL until 2017, when he moved to an American Hockey League club and could therefore play for Team USA. Gionta was the U.S.’s top scorer in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, where the U.S. lost in the quarterfinals.

On the women’s side, many of Team USA’s key players like Brianna Decker and Meghan Duggan will return with the goal of earning women’s ice hockey first gold medal in 20 years. While Team USA has medaled every year since women’s ice hockey was added as an Olympic sport in 1998, the U.S. has fallen repeatedly to Canada in the battle for gold.

In 2014, Team USA lost to Canada in the final round 3-2, earning silver.

“We had to figure out what we were made of, what we wanted to accomplish over these last couple of years, and really put ourselves in a position to achieve the goal we want to achieve as a program and as a team and as a country going into this next Olympics,” Duggan said Monday.

“We’re excited,” she added. “We’ve got the right group.”

Team USA men’s hockey roster

Forwards:

  • Mark Arcobello
  • Chris Bourque
  • Bobby Butler
  • Ryan Donato
  • Brian Gionta
  • Jordan Greenway
  • Chad Kolarik
  • Broc Little
  • John McCarthy
  • Brian O’Neill
  • Garrett Roe
  • Jim Slater
  • Ryan Stoa
  • Troy Terry

Defense:

  • Chad Billins
  • Jonathon Blum
  • Will Borgen
  • Matt Gilroy
  • Ryan Gunderson
  • Bobby Sanguinetti
  • Noah Welch
  • James Wisniewski

Goalies:

  • Ryan Zapolski

(Two other goalies will be added to the team in late January, Team USA said.)

Team USA women’s ice hockey roster

Forwards:

  • Hannah Brandt
  • Dani Cameranesi
  • Kendall Coyne
  • Brianna Decker
  • Meghan Duggan
  • Amanda Kessel
  • Hilary Knight
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux
  • Monique Lamoureux
  • Gigi Marvin
  • Kelly Pannek
  • Amanda Pelkey
  • Haley Skarupa

Defense:

  • Cayla Barnes
  • Kacey Bellamy
  • Kali Flanagan
  • Megan Keller
  • Sidney Morin
  • Emily Pfalzer
  • Lee Stecklein

Goalies:

  • Nicole Hensley
  • Alex Rigsby
  • Maddie Rooney

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