Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

Without NHL players, Team USA hockey looks to Europe

By Dan Burns NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stanley Cup winner Brian Gionta will captain a U.S. men's Olympic ice hockey team made up of players from European leagues or the North American development ranks at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Gionta, who has played 15 years in the NHL, was named on Monday amongst more than a dozen little-known Americans playing professionally in Europe, along with a hodgepodge of minor leaguers and ex-NHL players for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics. "The biggest challenge is getting the team to gel together as quick as possible," Gionta, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils, told reporters on Monday.

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