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Thirty-one of the 48 USA men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games have skated at the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center

01/30/2018, 3:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (January 30, 2018) – With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games just over a week away, the media staff at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine wanted to continue a tradition that we began four years ago before the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- researching connections between the NSC and the U.S. Olympic Team.

With the Schwan Super Rink at the NSC being the busiest hockey facility in Minnesota, it will come as no surprise that we focused our historical sleuthing on hockey. And it should come as no further surprise that we found plenty of connections.

In fact, of the 48 players named to the men’s and women’s USA Olympic rosters, we have confirmed that at least 31 of the players have skated at the Schwan Super Rink over the years.


Lee Stecklein grew up playing in the Roseville Hockey Association, nearby to the Schwan Super Rink. She has played at the facility at all stages -- from youth to being an Olympian.

We started with the women’s team. With USA Hockey holding varied women’s national team training camps at the Super Rink over the years, most recently last December, we knew that all members of the women’s team had skated at the facility. The trick was to chronicle how and when. With seven of the players listing Minnesota hometowns, several, like Lee Stecklein and Maddie Rooney, grew up playing youth hockey at the Rink. Others played with their high school teams. Six current players, all veterans, were part of the year-long USA Hockey Residency Program at the Super Rink prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


Moorhead, Minnesota's Will Borgen skated in the Minnesota High School Elite League at the Super Rink.

The men’s roster boasts only two Minnesota players, Will Borgen from Moorhead and Ryan Stoa from Bloomington. Both have skated at the Super Rink. Six other members of the 25-player men’s are also veterans of the Super Rink ice. Several played in the North American Hockey League Showcase, an annual junior league event that is held at the NSC each September. Others played for the USA U18 National Team, which has played exhibition games at the rink. Some played for their youth teams in tournaments held there.

In addition to the USA Olympians, the Super Rink has also hosted several other Olympic players who have trained and coached at the facility, including Marissa Brandt (Korea) and Nora Ratty and Mira Jalosuo (both Finland.)

Here is a run-down of the 31 USA Olympic hockey players who have skated at the Schwan Super Rink, with their Super Rink bio:

WOMEN

Cayla Barnes, 18, Eastvale, California, defense
Team USA training in 2017.

Kacey Bellamy, 30, Westfield, Massachusetts, defense
Member of USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2010-2015, 2017.

Hannah Brandt, 24, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, forward
Played in high school showcase tournaments at the Schwan Super Rink. Trained at the Herb Brooks Training Center. Team USA training camps in 2010-2015, 2017.


Dani Cameranesi has done everything at the Super Rink -- training, playing, and even coaching.

Dani Cameranesi, 22, Plymouth, Minnesota, forward
Played at the Super Rink for Blake High School vs. Irondale. Team USA U18 National Team camp in 2011-2012. Team USA Training Camps in 2014-2015, 2017. Has practiced at the Super Rink, and in April of 2017 was one of the coaches at the Stick-it to Cancer tournament celebrity game.

Kendall Coyne, 25, Palos Heights, Illinois, forward
Team USA Training Camps in 2011-2015, 2017. Participated in pre-Sochi Olympic People Magazine photo shoot done at the National Sports Center in 2014.

Brianna Decker, 26, Dousman, Wisconsin, forward
Team USA Training Camps in 2010-2015, 2017. Participated in pre-Sochi Olympic People Magazine photo shoot done at the National Sports Center in 2014.


Megan Duggan is one of the Super Rink veterans who was a member of the 2010 Olympic Residency Progran, and is now headed for her third Olympic Games.

Megan Duggan, 30, Danvers, Massachusetts, forward
USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2008-2015, 2017.

Kali Flanagan, 22, Burlington, Massachusetts, defense
Team USA training in 2017.

Nicole Hensley, 23, Lakewood Colorado, goaltender
Team USA training in 2017 and Team USA goalie camp in 2016.

Megan Keller, 21, Farmington, Michigan, defense
Team USA training camps in 2015 and 2017.

Amanda Kessel, 26, Madison, Wisconsin, forward
Team USA Training Camps in 2011-2012, 2017.

Hilary Knight, 28, Sun Valley, Idaho, forward
Member of USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2008-2015, 2017. Participated in pre-Sochi Olympic People Magazine photo shoot done at the National Sports Center in 2014.

Jocelyne Lamoureaux-Davidson, 28, Grand Forks, North Dakota, forward
Member of USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2008-2015, 2017.

Monique Lamoureaux-Morando, 28, Grand Forks, North Dakota, forward
Member of USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2008-2015, 2017.

Gigi Marvin, 30, Warroad, Minnesota, forward
Played in Schwan Cup for Warroad High School. Member of USA Olympic Team residency program 2009-2010. Team USA training camps in 2008-2013, 2015, 2017.

Sidney Morin, 22, Minnetonka, Minnesota, defense
Minnetonka Youth Hockey. U-18 National Team camp in 2011-12. Team USA training in 2017.

Kelly Pannek, 21, Plymouth, Minnesota, forward
Team USA U18 training camp in 2013. Team USA training in 2017.

Amanda Pelkey, 24, Montpelier, Vermont, forward
Team USA Training Camps in 2015, 2017.              

Emily Pfalzer, 24, Buffalo, New York, defense
Team USA training camps in 2014-2015, 2017.

Alex Rigsby, 25, Delafield, Wisconsin, goaltender
Team USA training in 2017 and Team USA goalie camp in 2015-2016.

Maddie Rooney, 20, Andover Minnesota, goaltender
Played at the Super Rink over the years in Andover Youth Hockey, Andover High School girls team and boys’ Bantam A team. Team USA goalie camps in 2015-2016 and Team USA training in 2017.

Haley Skarupa, 23, Rockville, Maryland, forward
U18 National Team camp in 2011. Team USA Training Camps in 2013-2015, 2017.

Lee Stecklein, 23, Roseville, Minnesota, defense
Played at the Super Rink for Roseville Youth Hockey and Roseville High School. Team USA training camps in 2012-2015, 2017. U18 National Team camp in 2011.


Jordan Greenway skated at the Super Rink as a member of the USA U18 National Team.

MEN

Chad Billins, 28, Marysville, Michigan, defense
Played for the Alpena Ice Dogs in the 2005 and 2006 NAHL Showcase.

Will Borgen, 21, Moorhead, Minnesota, defense
Played in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League at the Super Rink in 2013 and 2014.

Jordan Greenway, 20, Canton, New York, forward
Played for USA U18 World Championship team in exhibition games vs. Finland and Denmark in 2016. Played for Shattuck St. Mary’s in the 2012 and 2013 One Hockey tournament.

Chad Kolarik, 32, Abington, Pennsylvania, forward
Played for the USA National Team Development Program U-18 team in the 2003 NAHL Showcase.

Brandon Maxwell, 26, Winter Park, Colorado, goaltender
Played for the USA National Team Development Program U-18 team in the 2007 and 2008 NAHL Showcase.

Ryan Stoa, 30, Bloomington, Minnesota, forward
Played for the USA National Team Development Program U-18 team in the 2003 and 2004 NAHL Showcase.

Troy Terry, 20, Highlands Park, Colorado, forward
Played for the Colorado Thunderbirds in the 2013 USA Hockey Tier I Playoffs.

Ryan Zapolski, 31, Erie, Pennsylvania, goaltender
Played for Mahoning Valley Phantoms at the 2005 and 2006 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase.

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