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US Olympic teams have Western New York feel

US Olympic teams have Western New York feel

Former NHL forward Brian Gionta, an unsigned free agent, is the team's captain and its oldest player at age 38. Gionta echoed that Monday.

This is the first time since 1998 that the National Hockey League is not allowing any players under contract to an National Hockey League team to participate in the Olympics. A total of 15 players have appeared in the National Hockey League, including AHL star Chris Bourque and European-based forwards Mark Arcobello and Jim Slater and defencemen James Wisniewski and Bobby Sanguinetti.

The rosters for the United States men's, women's Olympic teams and the roster United States Paralympics teams were announced during the second period of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field. Both also have worldwide experience, highlighted by Wisniewski winning gold with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

For that reason, the 2018 team was selected from a pool of about 100 players not on NHL contracts who were either based in Europe, playing in the American Hockey League or other minor leagues, or playing college hockey. It includes college players Troy Terry, Jordan Greenway, Will Borgen and Ryan Donato.

Zapolski, 31, is now a goalie for Jokerit (Helsinki, Finland) of the Kontinental Hockey League, which is an global professional ice hockey league.

The 2018 team features numerous players who went to the Deutschland Cup in Germany in October in what amounted to both a trial and their only warm-up games ahead of Pyeongchang.

Team USA's Olympic schedule is set for PyeongChang.

The team's first group game is on February 14 against Slovenia before they face Slovakia on February 16.

Coyne was a part of the women's team that lost in devastating fashion in the gold medal game to Team Canada during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The US Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team will be looking for their third consecutive Paralympic gold medal when they take to the ice in Pyeongchang, South Korea next year.

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