Jim Johansson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, has made no secret about the importance of NCAA hockey and its alumni as he builds the roster.
The U.S. team that will compete at the 2017 Deutschland Cup certainly reflects that, with 26 of the 29 players named having played U.S. college hockey.
Participants, most of whom are playing in European professional leagues, will be in contention for the Olympic team to compete in February. The Olympic coaching staff, led by Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato, will coach in the Deutschlan Cup as well, with games set for Nov. 10, 11 and 12.
Eighteen schools have alumni on the roster, led by Yale with four representatives. St. Cloud State has three former players on the team, while Harvard, Denver and Wisconsin have two each.
Hobey Baker Award winners Matt Gilroy (Boston University) and Andy Miele (Miami) are among those selected.
“We’re excited about our roster for the Deutschland Cup,” Johansson said. “It should be an excellent tournament and will also be a good chance to help us in our Olympic preparation.”
Joining Granato on the coaching staff are Yale head coach Keith Allain, Chris Chelios, Ron Rolston and Scott Young. The four-team event features the U.S., Slovakia, Russia and host Germany.
|2017 U.S. Men’s National Select Team|
|No.||Name||Pos.||NCAA Alma Mater|
|4||Mark Stuart||D||Colorado College|
|7||Matt Gilroy||D||Boston University|
|9||Garrett Roe||F||St. Cloud State|
|11||Ryan Lasch||F||St. Cloud State|
|12||Ryan Malone||F||St. Cloud State|
|18||Dan Sexton||F||Bowling Green|
|19||Jim Slater||F||Michigan State|
|21||Brian Gionta||F||Boston College|
|28||Chad Billins||D||Ferris State|