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Three former Yalies picked for US Olympic hockey team

03 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Christina Hansen
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However that decision gives other players the opportunity to represent their nations on the worldwide stage, such as Milwaukee Admirals right wing Bobby Butler.

The Admirals caught the moment on film, and though you can't hear their exchange, the video is all you need. The two men shake hands, then Butler breaks the news.

It shows Butler skating up to the side of the rink as his father walks in. But this is the first Olympics in two decades that no US team members are now playing for the National Hockey League.

The NHL announced previous year that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top worldwide stars from playing in South Korea.

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Team USA has had a chance to play at the Deuchland cup, as their only tournament to set things up but the coaching staff has been communicating on daily basis to determine the best options to win the winter Olympics. The NHL stated that the "overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-2018 NHL season".

The players on the men's final roster came from colleges, from Americans playing in Europe and from the American Hockey League. Carpenter also played at the Sochi Olympics and scored a team-high four goals. National Hockey League isn't going, what do you have to say to draw them in?

In previous years, "USA Hockey got all its Olympic players from one league: the NHL", according to SB Nation.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the decisions "must be a huge disappointment for the players" - but for Butler and others it presents a wonderful opportunity. He will turn 39 on January 19, and as the oldest member of the squad, will serve as the captain of an American team that includes no one else with Olympic experience.

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While BC's women's program might not have produced a team captain, it did send the largest contingent of Eagles to the Olympics in school history.

But it may be that the lack of prior fame makes moment like Butler's all the more poignant.

The U.S. Women's Olympic Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since the first-ever women's ice hockey tournament in 1998.

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