BEIJING, China – Forward Andy Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) has been named captain of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, with defensemen Steven Kampfer (Jackson, Mich.) and Aaron Ness (Roseau, Minn.) and forward Noah Cates (Stillwater, Minn.) tabbed as alternate captains.
“We have a great leadership group with Andy, Aaron, Steven and Noah,” said David Quinn, head coach of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “There’s a lot of leaders in our room, and to get to our ultimate goal of winning gold, it will take everyone moving forward together.”
Miele is in his second season playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL in 2021-22. He has represented the U.S. on the international stage in two previous IIHF Men’s World Championships, including 2011 and 2014. Miele has worn the “A” with four previous teams, including Lehigh Valley (2016-17), Portland (2012-13, 2013-14), Miami University (2010-11) and the Chicago Steel (2006-07).
Miele is the first Michigan native to serve as captain of a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Ness, who currently plays for the Providence Bruins of the AHL, is representing the U.S. on the international stage for the second time after helping the Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. He served as captain for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL in 2014-15 and was an alternate captain for the team the season before.
Additionally, Ness was as an alternate captain for the University of Minnesota men’s ice hockey team in 2010-11 and for the Roseau (Minn.) High School hockey team in 2007-08.
Kampfer is in his first season at Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
The 2022 Olympic Winter Games mark his first senior level appearance on the international stage representing the U.S., however, he did play in the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in the 2005-06 season and served as an alternate captain.
Over his professional career, Kampfer has competed in 231 NHL games over parts of nine seasons.
Cates is in his third season playing for the University of Minnesota Duluth men’s ice hockey team and the 2021-22 campaign marks his second serving as team captain.
Cates, who helped the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, was also captain of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boys hockey team in 2016-17.
|2022||Andy Miele||Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.|
|2018||Brian Gionta||Rochester, N.Y.|
|2014||Zach Parise||Prior Lake, Minn.|
|2010||Jamie Langenbrunner||Cloquet, Minn.|
|2006||Chris Chelios||Chicago, Ill.|
|2002||Chris Chelios||Chicago, Ill.|
|1998||Chris Chelios||Chicago, Ill.|
|1994||Peter Laviolette||Norwood, Mass.|
|1992||Clark Donatelli||Providence, R.I.|
|1988||Brian Leetch||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|1984||Phil Verchota||Duluth, Minn.|
|1980||Mike Eruzione||Winthrop, Mass.|
|1976||John Taft||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|1972||Tim Sheehy||International Falls, Minn.|
|1968||Lou Nanne||Edina, Minn.|
|1964||Herb Brooks||St. Paul, Minn.|
|Bill Reichart||Rochester, Minn.|
|1960||Jack Kirrane||Brookline, Mass.|
|1956||Gene Campbell||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|1952||Al Van||Newport, Minn.|
|1948||Goodwin Harding||Brookline, Mass.|
|1936||Jack Garrison||West Newton, Mass.|
|1932||John Chase||Milton, Mass.|
|1924||Irving Small||Cambridge, Mass.|
|1920||Joe McCormick||Pittsburgh, Pa.|