University of Denver forward Troy Terry, a junior from Highlands Ranch, and goalie Nicole Hensley of Lakewood were officially named to the U.S. Olympic hockey teams Monday.
Under the direction of head coach Robb Stauber, who played for the University of Minnesota from 1986 to 1989, the 2017-18 U.S. Women's National Team has been centralized in the Tampa area training at Florida Hospital Center Ice in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Games since September.
USA Hockey has announced their 2018 Olympic roster that will fly out to Pyeongchang to represent one of two hockey's powerhouses in an exciting tournament.
Team USA has had a chance to play at the Deuchland cup, as their only tournament to set things up but the coaching staff has been communicating on daily basis to determine the best options to win the winter Olympics. Terry, the second leading scorer for the Pioneers, will miss a few games with DU, including a home series against Colorado College and another series against St. Cloud State. Zapolski played junior hockey in the North American Hockey League for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms.
Hensley, 23, is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a full-time member of the US women's national team.
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PyeongChang will mark the third straight Olympic Winter Games for all five players, who hope to lead a strong team to an improvement on silver-medal finishes to Canada at the last two editions of the Games. He is the only skater on this year's team that has any Olympic experience.
The only goaltender named Monday is Ryan Zapolski, who plays in Europe's Kontinental Hockey League. The U.S. lost the bronze-medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver at Vancouver in 2010.
Borgen is now a junior defenseman at St. Cloud State.
Gionta, 38, put up 588 points in 1,006 regular-season games over 15 N.H.L. seasons for the Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres. "(We have) some younger, college guys, which I'm sure will bring a lot of skill and energy, then proven AHL players that can produce, as well.
Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion.