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Son shares special moment with dad after making Olympic hockey team

Son shares special moment with dad after making Olympic hockey team

The US men's Olympic team will be captained by former Boston College star Brian Gionta, who has played 1,006 regular-season games and captained both the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres in his National Hockey League career.

"It's a tremendous feeling to represent team US at the Olympics".

The last time a Yale man made the Olympic roster was 34 years ago, when Bob Brooke skated for Team USA at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.

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.

The only U.S. Olympic team with more Yale representation was the 1932 team, which featured five former Bulldogs: Franklin "Tot" Farrell, John Cookman, Frank Nelson, John Bent and Ding Palmer. Prior to his NHL and global playing days, Gionta posted four 50-point seasons and won the 2000-01 national championship at BC, in addition to serving as a team captain during his senior season.




"We've had an exceptional four months (training) in Wesley Chapel, Florida, leading up to this point, " said Reagan Carey, general manager for the women's Olympic team.

Late previous year, though, Stauber said the team felt a "need to tinker with some things".

Arcobello, O'Neill and Little played together on the top USA line at the Deutschland Cup in Germany, a pre-Olympic tuneup in November. At just 18 years and 11 months of age, she is the youngest player on the 2018 United States of America.

Gionta has scored 289 goals and 588 points in 1,006 National Hockey League games while also adding 32 goals and 68 points in 112 postseason National Hockey League contests in his career.

Greenwich's Sean Backman, a 2010 Yale graduate playing in the German pro league, was on the US roster for the Deutschland Cup but did not make the final cut. After four years on the Heights, she became the 13th player in program history to record at least 102 points. Gionta, Barnes, Keller, Flanagan, Pfalzer, and Skarupa will play a big role in deciding just how far their respective teams advance in the 2018 games.