Today at the Winter Classic, USA Hockey announced their roster for the 2018 Olympic Games – and Rochester Native, and former Buffalo Sabre, Brian Gionta was named team captain.
Kelsey Driscoll of AOL.com talked to Gionta about the Olympics while at Citi Field this afternoon. For Gionta, it is a boyhood dream.
“Every kid, as a hockey player, dreams of playing in the NHL. The other thing you dream of is playing in the Olympics.”
Gionta also played for Team USA in the 2006 games. He heads a team of college players, and pro’s from the AHL & European leagues.
For more of the roster breakdown, including the Olympic connections to Western NY and the Sabres, check out John Vogl’s column with the Buffalo News.
Also, for coverage of the press conference announcing Gionta as captain, visit Matt Bove’s report – including Brian Gionta’s thoughts on the Bills making the playoffs.
And, here is Pat Duffy on the Press Box, back in October, making his plea for Brian Gionta to don the Amerks uniform… Gionta did join the Americans for practice.