Six NAHL alumni named to USA Olympic roster
January 3, 2018
A total of six North American Hockey League (NAHL) alumni were named to the roster for the 2018 United States Olympic men’s hockey team, which was announced earlier this week by USA Hockey.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. The opening game for the U.S. men in the in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for Feb. 14 against Slovenia.
The men’s roster includes 15 players with NHL experience and six players who have previously played in the North American Hockey League.
NAHL Alumni on the United States team (NAHL team)
Chad Billins, defenseman, Linkoping HC-Sweden (Alpena IceDiggers, 2005-07)
Chad Kolarik, forward, Adler Mannheim-Germany (NTDP, 2002-04)
Jim Slater, forward, HC Fribourg-Gotteron-Switzerland (Cleveland Barons, 1998-01)
Ryan Stoa, forward, Spartak Moskva-Russia (NTDP, 2003-05)
James Wisniewski, defenseman, EC Kassel Huskies-Germany (Compuware Ambassadors, 1999-00)
Ryan Zapolski, goaltender, Jokerit-Russia (Mahoning Valley Phantoms, 2005-07)
View the full roster here
“We really like our roster,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”
The U.S. has won 11 medals in the Olympic Winter Games, including gold in 1960 and 1980.
“We’re excited about our teams and the chance to compete for gold,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “There’s no bigger stage than the Olympics and I know our teams will represent our country extremely well in PyeongChang."
Two additional goaltenders will be named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey roster by mid-January.