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Brian Gionta Named Captain of U.S. Men’s National Select Team

By, 11/08/17, 1:45PM EST


2006 Olympian to lead Team USA at Deutschland Cup

AUGSBURG, Germany —Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) will serve as captain of the U.S. Men’s National Select Team at the 2017 Deutschland Cup, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The event runs from Nov. 10-12 in Augsburg, Germany, and includes the U.S., host Germany, Slovakia and Russia.

Gionta has represented Team USA at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, the IIHF Men’s World Championship (2000, 2001, 2005), the IIHF World Junior Championship (1998, 1999) and also played with Team USA at the 2004 Deutschland Cup.

After a 15-year career in the NHL, including stops in New Jersey (2001-2009), Montreal (2009-2014) and Buffalo (2014-2017), Gionta stepped away from the NHL after last season. His career has included a Stanley Cup title in New Jersey in 2003 and seven seasons as an NHL captain, including four in Montreal and three with Buffalo.

Team USA begins the 2017 Deutschland Cup Friday at 10 a.m. ET against Slovakia. The complete schedule, roster and streaming links can be found here.

Notes: The coaching staff of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, led by head coach Tony Granato, will serve as the coaching staff for the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Select Team. Assistant coaches include Keith AllainChris CheliosRon Rolston and Scott Young … Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, is the general manager for both the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Select Team and the 2018 Olympic Men’s Ice Ice Hockey Team, while Ben Smith is serving as director of player personnel … The U.S. competes in the Deutschland Cup in odd years. The 2017 tournament will mark the sixth appearance for the U.S., which first participated in the event in 2007. The U.S. has won eight of the 15 total games it has played in the event all-time … For more information on the U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete at the 2017 Deutschland Cup, click here.

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