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Andy Miele Named Captain of 2022 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team

By USA Hockey, 02/09/22, 8:30PM EST


Kampfer, Ness, Cates To Serve Alternate Captains

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.”

About Miele

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.

About Ness

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.

About Kampfer

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.

About Cates

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.

U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team All-Time Captains

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.

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