Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

Jae In Moon President of Korea

The comments came after Kim, the top DPRK leader, said in his New Year's address earlier in the day that the DPRK will take necessary measures to prepare to participate in the winter sports event, including talks with South Korea about the DPRK's participation. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen.

He is the only player in the squad to have previous Olympic experience, having played for the U.S.at the 2006 Games in Turin and is well aware the team has precious little time together to try and challenge for a medal in Pyeongchang.

Several players from the Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey Team were also named to the Paralymic sled hockey team Monday.

On the women's side, the US roster has a familiar set of former Badgers players.

Team USA also features 18-year-old newcomer Cayla Barnes, a 5-foot-1, 145-pound defenseman and freshman at Boston College who helped lead Team USA's under-18 women to the past three under-18 world championships titles.

Because the National Hockey League is not stopping its season to allow its players to participate in the Olympics for the first time since 1994, teams have to be built with those not on National Hockey League contracts. "I would have never (thought I'd) been saying to myself I will probably be playing in the Olympics in my junior year of college".

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It marks the first time in four Olympic Games that have featured UW women's players that more of them have appeared on Canada's roster than the US team.

There could have been 10 from UW in the Olympics, but forward Annie Pankowski, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, was cut from the US team in December.

The spokesman said that if the PyeongChang Olympics are held successfully, it will contribute to peace and harmony on the Korean Peninsula as well as in Northeast Asia and the world.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were scheduled to kick off in February in South Korea's namesake county of PyeongChang in the eastern Gangwon province.

He was a student at Mercyhurst College from 2007 to 2011 where he played NCAA Division I college hockey for the school. "Gio, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way". Four others have played for Canada and one for Austria.

The NHL also were unhappy with the prospect of a almost three-week interruption to the regular season schedule.

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