US Olympic teams have Western New York feel

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Hensley, 23, is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a full-time member of the USA women's national team.

Gionta will be team captain for the Americans after ending his National Hockey League career at the end of last season.

The men's team isn't without UW influence, however.

While BC's women's program might not have produced a team captain, it did send the largest contingent of Eagles to the Olympics in school history. Fellow Gopher alumna Megan Bozek ('13) was part of the centralization team but will not return to the Olympic Games after earning silver with Team USA in 2014. Instead, the Team USA roster announced on January 1 will be a collection of minor league players, college players and American players competing in global pro leagues.

"When I went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, people celebrated until late at night wearing red gloves and hats that symbolized the event", she says. The South Korean town is approximately 50 miles from the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border between the two Koreas. Of the 23 players to book their ticket to the Pyeongchang, five are either current or past BC skaters. It just so happens that he is one of, if not the, most important player on the roster.

Duggan and Knight each made her third Olympic team, while Decker, a Dousman native, earned a spot on her second roster.

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Rah returned to work in her own company although the organizing committee of the Winter Olympics offered her a job as a spokesperson.

"I think until those Olympics start, you're going to feel a "wish you were there" kind of thing", said Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who also played in Sochi.

USA Hockey revealed the members of Team USA during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday afternoon. The Americans were the gold medalists at the first Olympic women's hockey tournament in 1998 and have three silvers and one bronze since then, as Canada has won the past four golds.

Denver's Troy Terry, Boston University's Jordan Greenway, St. Cloud State's Will Borgen and Harvard's Ryan Donato are the NCAA players who should give the USA a shot of youth.

The U.S. women's Olympic team is leaning on 13 newcomers as the Americans head to the Pyeongchang Games trying to end a 20-year gold medal drought.

The women's hockey tournament in Pyeongchang starts February 11. At just 18 years and 11 months of age, she is the youngest player on the 2018 United States of America. Two players have been under consideration during events this season.

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