USA Hockey announces final roster for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the youngest since 1994

U.S.A. Hockey revealed the last lineup for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, and identifiable names are scarce. No NHL gamers made the group due to the fact that the league, in an effort to end up the 2021-22 season on time, pulled out of the Games on Dec. 22. 

The NHL decided while many groups handled substantial COVID-19 break outs, triggering the post ponement of 50 video games through Dec. 23. NHL gamers have not contended in a Winter Olympics considering that 2014 and will not go back to the global phase till a minimum of 2026. 

NHL gamers didn’t complete in PyeongChang 2018 due to the fact that of a scheduling difference with the IOC, however they took part in the previous 5 Games. Team U.S.A. won silver medals in Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010 with NHL gamers on its lineup. 

Team U.S.A. hasn’t reached the podium without NHL gamers considering that 1980, when it beat the Soviet Union in the renowned “Miracle on Ice” video game. The enormous upset influenced the 2004 motion picture “Miracle” starring Kurt Russell as U.S. coach Herb Brooks. 

With the NHL gamers’ lack, Team U.S.A.’s 2022 hockey lineup is the youngest considering that 1994 and consists of teenagers – 5, to be specific – for the very first time in thirty years. Boston University’s Drew Commesso, 19, is Team U.S.A.’s youngest goaltender ever.   

In overall, Team U.S.A. will bring 15 present NCAA gamers, 8 European experts and 2 AHL gamers to Beijing. Michigan’s Matty Beniers – the No. 2 total choice to the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Draft – and nine-year NHL seasoned Steven Kampfer heading the team. KHL winger Brian O’Neill is the team’s only returning Olympian. 

“We’re excited about the roster we’ve put together,” stated John Vanbiesbrouck, basic supervisor of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for U.S.A. Hockey. “The Olympics are the biggest stage in sports and it was fun to hear the enthusiasm our players have to represent their country. We’re fortunate to have a deep talent pool — thanks in part to all the great work of our volunteers in communities across the nation — and with the mix of players who are part of our team, we’re looking forward to competing for a gold medal in Beijing.”

Here’s Team U.S.A.’s total lineup: 

Forwards: Nick Abruzzese, Kenny Agostino, Beniers, Brendan Brisson, Noah Cates, Sean Farrell, Sam Hentges, Matthew Knies, Marc McLaughlin, Ben Meyers, Andy Miele, O’Neill, Nick Shore, Nathan Smith

Defensemen: Brian Cooper, Brock Faber, Drew Helleson, Steven Kampfer, Aaron Ness, Nick Perbix, Jake Sanderson, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders: Commesso, Strauss Mann, Pat Nagle

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are slated to start Feb. 4. 

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