USA Hockey has announced the rosters for the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's and women's teams, including several players from Minnesota.
The women's team features eight players with Minnesota ties: Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn., Gophers), Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn., Gophers), Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn., Gophers), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn., Gophers), Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Gophers) , Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis., Gophers), Sidney Morin (Minnetonka, Minn., UMD) and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn., UMD).
Marvin, at age 30, is the oldest player listed on the roster.
Forwards Monique Lamoureaux-Morando and her twin sister, Jocelyn Lamoureaux-Davidson, are natives of North Dakota but skated part of their college careers for the Gophers and are listed on the roster of the Minnesota Whitecaps.
The women's team is head coached by Minnesota native and former University of Minnesota goalie Robb Stauber (Duluth). Stauber's assistant, Brett Strot, is also originally from Minnesota (Maple Grove).
Two Minnesotans made the list for the men's team: former University of Minnesota forward Ryan Stoa (Bloomington) and current St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen (Moorhead).
The roster announcements were made between periods during NBC's Winter Classic, featuring the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
On the women's side, Minnesota's future roster presence promises to remain strong. Of the 23 roster spots on the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team (headed to Dmitrov, Russia, this week to compete in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Championship), 10 are held by skaters from Minnesota.