Team USA to reveal Pyeongchang 2018 ice hockey teams


Ice hockey team Milwaukee Admirals have shared the touching moment their player Bobby Butler told his dad he made the US Olympic team. The two men shake hands, then Butler breaks the news. But this is the first Olympics in two decades that no US team members are now playing for the National Hockey League.

The Olympic tournament is going to be a lot different this year with the lack of involvement of the National Hockey League, which refused to stop its season to send players to the event for the first time since 1994. The NHL stated that the "overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-2018 NHL season". Carpenter also played at the Sochi Olympics and scored a team-high four goals. "But the International Olympic Committee wasn't planning to foot the bill for 2018".

The only goaltender named Monday is Ryan Zapolski, who plays in Europe's Kontinental Hockey League.

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Commenting on the squad announcement, executive director of USA Hockey Pat Kelleher said: "The NHL Winter Classic is one of the can't-miss hockey events on the calendar every year". "Without that option, management turned to a wide variety of sources, plucking players from leagues around the world to piece together a roster for Pyeongchang". The OAR team could be the heavy favorite in the tournament, but the KHL hasn't announced whether it will send players yet and the IIHF said it will determine the status of the OAR hockey teams by January 27. He will turn 39 on January 19, and as the oldest member of the squad, will serve as the captain of an American team that includes no one else with Olympic experience. It's generally expected that they will send a team to Pyeongchang. "It's a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players with a lot of passion about representing our country".

But it may be that the lack of prior fame makes moment like Butler's all the more poignant.

Arcobello, O'Neill and Little played together on the top US line at the Deutschland Cup in Germany, a pre-Olympic tuneup in November.