COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the final roster for its 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team tonight, a group that includes 15 current NCAA players, eight European pros and two players from the AHL. The squad will represent the United States at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 3-20 in Beijing, China.
“We’re excited about the roster we’ve put together,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “The Olympics are the biggest stage in sports and it was fun to hear the enthusiasm our players have to represent their country. We’re fortunate to have a deep talent pool -- thanks in part to all the great work of our volunteers in communities across the nation -- and with the mix of players who are part of our team, we’re looking forward to competing for a gold medal in Beijing.”
Brian O’Neill (Yardley, Pa./Jokerit/Yale University), who is one of five players from the KHL on the U.S. roster, is the lone returning Olympian after playing for Team USA in the 2018 Games. He is currently third in the KHL with 33 assiss and 11th in points with 42. Kenny Agostino (Morristown, N.J./Torpedo/Yale University) is also part of the Team USA roster. He is seventh in the KHL with 20 goals, and his 40 points are 14th in the league.
Nathan Smith (Hudson, Fla./Minnesota State University) is the leading point-getter in the NCAA and is one of nine collegiate players on the roster averaging a point or better per game, including Nick Abruzzese (Slate Hill, N.Y./Harvard University), Matty Beniers (Hingham, Mass./University of Michigan), Brendan Brisson (Manhattan Beach, Calif./University of Michigan), Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass./Harvard University), Matthew Knies (Phoenix, Ariz/University of Minnesota), Marc McLaughlin (North Billerica, Mass./Boston College), Ben Meyers (Delano, Minn./University of Minnesota) and Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont./University of North Dakota).
A total of seven players will bring NHL experience to the Team USA lineup, led by Nick Shore (Denver, Colo./Sibir/University of Denver), who has played 299 regular-season NHL games (18-41—59) and Steven Kampfer (Jackson, Mich./Ak Bars Kazan/University of Michigan) with 231 regular-season NHL contests played (15-24—39). Agostino (86GP, 8-22-30), Aaron Ness (Roseau, Minn./Providence/University of Minnesota/72GP, 1-6—7), David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass./ERC Ingolstadt/Boston University/55GP, 2-9—11), O’Neill (22GP, 0-2—2) and Andy Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Torpedo/Miami University/15GP, 0-2—2) have also played in the NHL.
Strauss Mann (Greenwich, Conn./Skelleftea AIK/University of Michigan), who leads the Swedish Hockey League in goals against average (1.77) and save percentage (.930) highlights Team USA’s trio of netminders that also includes Pat Nagle (Bloomfield Township, Mich./Ferris State University), who is currently playing for the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2.74, .897) and Boston University’s Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass./2.67, .907), who was part of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team.
Nick Abruzzese, Kenny Agostino, Matty Beniers, Brendan Brisson, Noah Cates, Sean Farrell, Sam Hentges, Matthew Knies, Marc McLaughlin, Ben Meyers, Andy Miele, Brian O’Neill, Nick Shore, Nathan Smith
Brian Cooper, Brock Faber, Drew Helleson, Steven Kampfer, Aaron Ness, Nick Perbix, Jake Sanderson, David Warsofsky
Drew Commesso, Strauss Mann, Pat Nagle
Big 10 - 5, NCHC - 4, HEA - 3, ECAC Hockey - 2, CCHA - 1
KHL - 5, SHL - 2, DEL - 1
Pat Nagle, Aaron Ness
Agostino, Kampfer, Miele, Ness, Shore, Warsofsky
Alaska - 1, Arizona - 1, California - 1, Colorado - 1, Connecticut - 1, Florida - 1, Massachusetts - 5, Michigan - 3, Minnesota - 7, Montana - 1, New Jersey - 1, New York - 1, Pennsylvania - 1
Boston College - 2, Boston University - 2, Ferris State University - 1, Harvard University - 2, Miami University - 1, Minnesota State University - 1, St. Cloud State University - 2, University of Denver - 1, University of Michigan - 4, University of Minnesota - 4, University of Minnesota Duluth - 1, University of North Dakota - 1, University of Nebraska-Omaha - 1, Yale University - 2
Youngest roster since 1994 (22.4); 19 years - youngest player, Matty Beniers (11/5/2002); 34 years - oldest player, Pat Nagle (9/21/1987)
The 2022 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 3-20 in Beijing, China. The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team opens play on Feb. 10 when it faces host China in its first preliminary round game at 8:10 a.m. ET.
NOTES: All 25 players on the U.S. roster have played college hockey in the U.S., including 15 currently playing in the NCAA … A total of 10 players have spent time with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, which is celebrating its 25th season on the ice in 2021-22 … The roster features 21 players who have competed in the USHL and one who played in the NAHL … Of the 25 players, 19 have worn a letter at either the high school, junior, collegiate or professional level ... All 2022 U.S. Olympic Team nominations are subject to U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee approval … John Vanbiesbrouck is the general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, with Marc Boxer serving as assistant general manager … David Quinn is the head coach of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, with assistant coaches Mike Hastings, Brett Larson, Scott Young, and David Lassonde and video coach Alex Dawes … Additional staff for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team includes team leader Brij Singh; equipment managers Scott Aldrich and Nate LaPoint; athletic trainers Stan Wong, Jason Hodges and Chris Mizer; team physician Dr. Mike Stuart; and media officers Dave Fischer and Michael Reedy.