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Sanderson, Beniers headline Group USA’s males’s Olympic hockey roster

Faculty gamers make up two-thirds of the U.S. Olympic hockey roster for Beijing, a major improve from 2018 when the NHL additionally opted to not take part.

USA Hockey unveiled its 25-man roster Thursday with 15 gamers from school, headlined by 2021 No. 2 decide Matty Beniers of the Seattle Kraken and 2020 No. 5 decide Jake Sanderson of the Ottawa Senators. Brendan Brisson, a Michigan teammate of Beniers and a 2020 first-round decide of the Vegas Golden Knights, additionally was named to the workforce.

The U.S. skewed youthful than 4 years in the past when Troy Terry, Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Will Borgen have been the one NCAA gamers on a workforce made up of largely older professionals taking part in in Europe. Donato led the U.S. in objectives, Terry in assists, Greenway was one of many prime all-around performers throughout the event and their contributions raised the belief degree this time round for leaning on extra school gamers.

“It took that hesitation out,” stated Scott Younger, who’s again as an assistant, this time underneath coach David Quinn. “We weren’t afraid to go younger. We weren’t afraid to go younger and hungry.”

That features in web. Latest Michigan graduate Strauss Mann, who’s taking part in within the Swedish Hockey League, is anticipated to be the starter. He is joined by Boston College’s Drew Commesso, who was a goaltender for the U.S. on the world junior championship, which was canceled 4 days in.

Sanderson, Beniers and College of Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber are the extra gamers from world juniors who have been named to the workforce. The opposite NCAA gamers are Harvard’s Nick Abruzzese and Sean Farrell, Minnesota’s Ben Meyers and Matthew Knies, Minnesota State’s Nathan Smith, Minnesota-Duluth’s Noah Cates, Boston Faculty’s Mark McLaughlin and Drew Helleson and St. Cloud State’s Sam Hentges and Nick Perbix.

Forwards Brian O’Neill, Kenny Agostino, Andy Miele and Nick Shore and defensemen Steven Kampfer, Aaron Ness and David Warsofsky are the U.S. gamers with NHL expertise.

“We have good gamers throughout, whether or not within the NHL or school hockey,” Sanderson stated earlier this week. “I am tremendous excited to play with these guys, simply from taking part in in opposition to (a lot of) them in school. We simply received to go there, give our greatest and count on one of the best.”

USA Hockey executives and coaches knew they wanted some older gamers to deal with the grind of the event, which begins Feb. 9 and goes by means of Feb. 20. The U.S. opens in opposition to China on Feb. 10.

“We really feel that we do have sufficient energy and sufficient males to stability that out,” Younger stated. “You do not wish to go an excessive amount of in a single course both method, however we really feel that we’ll be quick, we really feel we’re going to have the ability to strain groups and play actually quick and we really feel that we have now plenty of ability. When video games get a bit greater, stronger, rougher, we have got some massive, sturdy guys, too.”

O’Neill is the one returnee from the 2018 workforce, which misplaced to the Czech Republic within the quarterfinals.

“We hit a submit with two minutes left to go, after which we ended up dropping in a shootout (with an opportunity) to go to the semifinals,” Younger stated. “It was that shut for us to go and play for a medal. We’re anticipating to have success.”

Defenseman Brian Cooper, who’s taking part in in Sweden, and goaltender Pat Nagle, who’s within the American Hockey League with Lehigh Valley, spherical out the U.S. roster.

Right here is the total roster:

Forwards

Nick Abruzzese — Harvard/NCAA (Toronto NHL)
Ken Agostino — Torpedo/KHL
Matty Beniers — Michigan/NCAA (Seattle NHL)
Brendan Brisson — Michigan/NCAA (Vegas NHL)
Noah Cates — Minnesota-Duluth/NCAA (Philadelphia NHL)
Sean Farrell — Harvard/NCAA (Montreal NHL)
Sam Hentges — St. Cloud State/NCAA (Minnesota NHL)
Matthew Knies — Minnesota/NCAA (Toronto NHL)
Marc McLaughlin — Boston Faculty/NCAA
Ben Meyers — Minnesota/NCAA
Andy Miele — Torpedo/KHL
Brian O’Neill — Jokerit/KHL
Nick Shore — Novosibirsk/KHL
Nathan Smith — Minnesota State/NCAA (Winnipeg NHL)

Defence

Brian Cooper — IK Oskarshamn/SHL
Brock Faber — Minnesota/NCAA (Los Angeles NHL)
Drew Helleson — Boston Faculty/NCAA (Colorado NHL)
Steven Kampfer — Ak Bars Kazan/KHL
Aaron Ness — Windfall/AHL
Nick Perbix — St. Cloud State/NCAA (Tampa Bay NHL)
Jake Sanderson — North Dakota/NCAA (Ottawa NHL)
David Warsofsky — Ingolstadt/DEL

Goalies

Drew Commesso — Boston College/NCAA (Chicago NHL)
Strauss Mann — Skelleftea/SHL
Pat Nagle — Lehigh Valley/AHL

KREJCI FOR CZECHS

Longtime Boston Bruins middle David Krejci headlines the Czech roster, which additionally consists of former NHL forwards Michael Frolik, Tomas Hyka, Vladimir Sobotka, Roman Cervenka, Lukas Sedlak and Michal Repik and defensemen Jakub Jerabek, Tomas Kundratek and Libor Sulak.

Krejci, 35, skated in 1,088 video games with the Bruins over the earlier 15 NHL seasons and determined to maneuver again to his native nation to play in entrance of family and friends there. He is one in every of 4 gamers on the workforce from the Czech Extraliga, whereas 12 come from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.

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