Gionta, Bourque to lead Olympic Team USA in men's ice hockey

Haley Skarupa

Butler is one of three AHL players to make the initial roster of 23 players, with the others coming from college teams and professional teams in Europe. Still, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

USA Hockey announced its roster for the 2018 Olympics during Monday's Winter Classic, and while there is no shortage of great stories surrounding the athletes chosen to compete in PyeongChang, one stood out. For the United States, a roster still had to be made despite National Hockey League players not being available.

Here's the full roster, via USA Hockey, along with the teams and leagues they're now playing for this season.

Introducing the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's, Women's & Paralympic Sled rosters!

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Team USA play their first game against Slovenia on February 14. He found out that he had made the roster for the US Olympic hockey team, and then got to tell his dad about it.

US Hockey revealed its roster for the Olympics on Monday, and it features an eclectic mix of former NHL players and worldwide players. "It's a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country".

There will be two more goaltenders added to the roster "later in January", according to USA Hockey. "Pfalzer, who made her full national team debut in 2014, served as the Eagles" captain during her senior season (2014-15). He went on to become the captain of the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 - only the second American captain of the Canadiens since Chris Chelios wore the "C". He's a seven-time 20-goal scorer, including 48 in 2005-06 to set the Devils' single-season record. Gionta also found himself representing the United States at the Olympics in 2006 and has a history of performing when his team needs it most. That season, he also had a career-best 89 points.

Gionta was among 29 players who were on the United States roster for the Deutschland Cup from November 10-12 in Germany, which included players who were expected to compete for roster spots.

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