University of Denver forward Troy Terry heading to 2018 Winter Olympics

The Torch was welcomed by young indoor curlers

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Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in the KHL, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later this month.

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.

Zapolski, 31, is now a goalie for Jokerit (Helsinki, Finland) of the Kontinental Hockey League, which is an worldwide professional ice hockey league. The initial USA roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, three players from the AHL in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, four from college and 15 now playing in leagues across Europe. He also played for the South Carolina Stingrays, where he was named the ECHL's Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and the league's Most Valuable Player.

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

Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion. "I hope we can celebrate the Pyeongchang Olympics like it's our own party".

Other newcomers to the Olympic team include defensemen Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer and Sidney Morin, along with forwards Hannah Brandt, Dani Camaranesi, Kelly Pannek, Haley Skarupa and Amanda Pelkey. Still, no current Boston College men's skaters made the cut, and only one former Eagle is listed as member: Brian Gionta. Terry and Greenway won World Junior gold with the USA past year.

The team is led by general manager Reagan Carey with head coach Robb Stauber, associate head coach Brett Strot and assistant coach Paul Mara. It's the first time since 1998 National Hockey League players will not be featured in the event.

Only four come from the college ranks, ensuring the team does not mark a full return to the pre-NHL era when the last American team to win gold at the Lake Placid Games in 1980 in the "Miracle on Ice" were predominantly collegiate players.

The NHL announced a year ago that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top global stars from playing in South Korea.

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