With a deficiency of NHL players streamer to a 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this entrance February, Team USA had to puncture deeply into a college hockey, prospect, and, unsurprisingly, former NHL-er pools to throw together a medal-worthy group decent adequate to paint a United States of America.
You might have glassy over a fact that 4 former Penguins and one former manager done a final cuts. They embody right winger Mark Arcobello, defenseman Noah Welch, left winger Chris Bourque, and named Head Coach Tony Granato.
** Update: Former Wilkes-Barre Scranton right winger Chad Kolarik is also a past Pittsburgh player.
To be fair, and to put it, um, lightly, a integrate of guys off that list didn’t have most success in Pittsburgh, though it’s still fun to note they came by a system.
Noah Welch was traded for Gary Roberts in 2007, and has had a long, circuitous career. The fact that he done this final register is engaging only for Welch’s sticktoitiveness in personification in a lot of leagues after not being means to penetrate a NHL.
Chris Bourque is famous generally for being Ray Bourque’s son, though his talent as an AHL-calibre forward, generally in scoring, with a Hershey Bears hasn’t left unnoticed. He was even voted as a leader of a Les Cunningham Award, the AHL MVP title, in 2016.
Bourque also resembles Vanilla Ice, that is neat.
Former manager Tony Granato has clearly been everywhere, nonetheless nowhere important given his depart from a Penguins. However, he’s now in a second year of his conduct coaching gig with a Wisconsin Badgers men’s group with a record of 20-15-1 so far.
The Winter Olympics flog off Feb 8, and a ice hockey tournaments are slated to embark Feb 14-25. The United States is in Group B and will face Slovenia for a initial matchup in a 2018 Games.