Eight with Minnesota ties make United States women's Olympic hockey team

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Tony Granato's U.S. Olympic men's hockey team doesn't have any former University of Wisconsin players on the roster, but four former Badgers players are on the American women's hockey squad.

Not only is he one of the most decorated hockey players on the entire roster, but he also has a history of being a captain at the NHL level. The announcement came on Monday during second intermission ceremonies of the NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field in New York City.

Team USA play their first game against Slovenia on February 14. It includes college players Troy Terry from Denver, Jordan Greenway from Boston University, Will Borgen from St. Cloud State and Ryan Donato from Harvard.

Knight is fifth among USA players for all-time Olympic assists with 10, followed by Lamoureux-Davidson with nine. The initial US roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, three players from the AHL in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, five from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, five from Switzerland's National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

The U.S. women have not won Olympic gold since the women's game made its debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

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.

Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Olympics and coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the USA seeks its first Olympic gold medal since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team.

But, this year's team will lack the superstar power of the National Hockey League. The 25-year-old won gold in the 2010 and 2014 Paralympics.

Lamoureux-Morando, whose 10 points in 2010 is tied for second place among US players for a single Olympic tournament, is listed as a defenseman but has played as both a forward and a defensemen during Team USA's current pre-Olympic schedule. "There's a lot of great leadership on the team with Gionta being our captain." .

Before this year, 12 Gophers have competed in the Winter Olympic Games, making 20 Olympic appearances for two different countries.

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