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Biographies of Team USA men's players

A glance at the players of the 2022 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.

Jake Sanderson
North Dakota defenseman Jake Sanderson (26) moves skates with the puck in the second period Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
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The 2022 Team USA men's hockey team will begin its pursuit of a gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics when it opens competition Thursday, Feb. 10, with a preliminary round game against China.

All Olympic hockey tournament games are available for streaming. For the full schedule and broadcasting schedule, visit USA Hockey's scheduling page .

Below are the biographies for U.S. men's hockey team members and a video highlighting USHL alumni playing for Team USA.

Drew Helleson

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studying Business at Boston College
  • Family: Father, Ryan. Mother, Kim.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Boston College
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Right
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: Hockey East
  • Award: NCAA East Second Team All-American (2021), Hockey East First Team All-Star (2021), Most Goals by a Defenseman (2021)
  • PLAYING CAREER: USA U17 and U18 National Team, USA (2017-19); Boston College, USA (2019- ).
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Minnesota Duluth’s Nick Swaney and USA’s Drew Helleson chase the puck during the first period of a 2019 game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

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David Warsofsky

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Boston University
  • Family: Father, Mark. Mother, Dawn.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Ingolstadt ERC
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Left
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: Deutsche Eishockey Liga
  • Award: AHL All-Star Game (2017), Second Team All-Star (2017), Hockey East Second Team All-Star (2011)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Boston University, USA (2008-11); Providence Bruins, USA (2011-15); Boston Bruins, USA (2013-15); New Jersey Devils, USA (2015-16); Pittsburgh Penguins, USA (2015-16); Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, USA (2015-17, 2019-20); Pittsburgh Penguins, USA (2016-17); San Antonio Rampage, USA (2017-18); Colorado Avalanche, USA (2017-18); Colorado Eagles, USA (2018-19); Chicago Wolves, USA (2020-21); Ingolstadt ERC, GER (2021- ).
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St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix (25) reacts as he skates to forward Veeti Miettinen (29) to celebrate Miettinen's goal on Denver Dec. 20, 2020 in Omaha.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

Nick Perbix

  • Hobbies: Table tennis
  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studies Finance at St. Cloud State University.
  • Family: Father, Jay. Mother, Lisa. Younger brother, Jack.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: St. Cloud State University
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Right
  • Sporting Relatives: Brother Jack Perbix (Ice hockey): Plays for the University of Minnesota. Father Jay Perbix (Ice hockey): Played at Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Leagues: National Collegiate Hockey Conference
  • Award: NCHC Second Team All-Star (2021), NCHC All-Rookie Team (2019)
  • FAMILY CONNECTION: His defensive linemate at St. Cloud State is Jack Ahcan. Their fathers, Jay Perbix and Tim Ahcan, played collegiate ice hockey together at Gustavus Adolphus College in the late 1980s.
  • PLAYING CAREER: St. Cloud State University, USA (2018- )
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Jake Sanderson played for the U.S. Under-18 Team before coming to UND.
Contributed / Rena Laverty / USA Hockey's NTDP

Jake Sanderson

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studying Kinesiology at the University of North Dakota
  • Family: Father, Geoff. Mother, Ellen. Brothers, Ben and Sawyer.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of North Dakota
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Geoff Sanderson (Ice hockey) Played 18 years in the NHL with eight different clubs. Brother Ben Sanderson (Ice hockey): Plays at Colorado College. Uncle Guy Sanderson (Ice hockey): Played for Clarkson College. Cousin Wade Brookbank (Ice hockey): Played in the NHL off and on from 2003 to 2009 with the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, and the Carolina Hurricanes. Cousin Sheldon Brookbank (Ice hockey): Played in the NHL from 2006 to 2014 with the Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: National Collegiate Hockey Conference
  • Award: NCHS All-Rookie Team (2021), NCHS All-Tournament Team (2021), USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year (2020)
  • PLAYING CAREER: US U17 and U18 National Team, USA (2018-20); University of North Dakota, USA (2020- ).
 Michigan Wolverines forward Matty Beniers
Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jaxon Nelson (24) skates with the puck past Michigan Wolverines forward Matty Beniers (10) in the first period at 3M Arena at Mariucci on March 6, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Matty Beniers

  • Nickname: Matty
  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: University of Michigan
  • Family: Father, Robert. Mother, Christine. Brother, Bobby. Sister, Gianna.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Michigan
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Robert Beniers (American football): Played for Cornell. Brother Bobby Beniers (Ice hockey): Plays for Williams College.
  • Debut: 2021 World Championships
  • Leagues: Big Ten Conference
  • Award: Big Ten Conference All-Rookie Team (2020/21), Big Ten All-Star Team Honorable Mention (2020/21)
  • PLAYING CAREER: USA U17 and U18 national team, USA (2018-20); University of Michigan, USA (2020- ).

Kenny Agostino

  • Nickname: Kenny
  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Political Science at Yale University
  • Family: Father, Ken. Mother, Anne. Twin brothers, Trevor and Davis.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Leagues: Kontinental Hockey League
  • Award: AHL All-Star Game (2017): AHL First Team All-Star (2017), AHL John B. Sollenberger Trophy (2017), AHL MVP (2017), ECAC Third Team All-Star (2014), Second Team All-Ivy League (2013, 2014), ECAC Second Team All-Star (2013), New Jersey High School Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Yale University, USA (2010-14); Calgary Flames, CAN (2014, 2015-16); Adirondack Flames, USA (2014-15); Stockton Heat, USA (2015-16); Chicago Wolves, USA (2016-17); St. Louis Blues, USA (2016-17); Providence Bruins, USA (2017-18); Boston Bruins, USA (2017-18); New Jersey Devils, USA (2018-19); Montreal Canadiens, USA (2018-19); Laval Rocket, CAN (2018-19); Toronto Marlies, CAN (2019-21); Toronto Maple Leafs, CAN (2020-21); Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, RUS (2021- ).
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St. Cloud State forward Sam Hentges (19) moves the puck against Miami during the first period Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

Sam Hentges

  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing
  • Occupation: Athlete / Student
  • Education: St. Cloud State University (2018-22)
  • Family: Father, Mark Hentges. Mother, Sally Hentges.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: St. Cloud State University (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) (2018-22)
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Right
  • Leagues: National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) (2018-22)
  • Award: 2019 Penrose Cup Champion – NCHC Conference
  • Played junior hockey for the Des Moines Buccaneers and Tri-City Storm of the USHL in 2017-18
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Minnesota State forward Nathan Smith (8) moves skates withe the puck against St. Cloud State in the first period Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Events Center in Mankato.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

Nathan Smith

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Minnesota State University (2019-22)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Minnesota State University (2019-22), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) (2017-19), Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) (2016-17)
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Right
  • Leagues: Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) (2019-22), United States Hockey League (USHL) (2017-19), North American Hockey League (NAHL) (2016-17)
  • Award: 2020 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Champion. 2020 WCHA All-Rookie Team. 2021 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. 2021 WCHA Regular Season Champion. 2021 WCHA Second Team All-Star.
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Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber was one of three Gophers playing defense for the American team that won the 2021 IIHF World Junior gold medal in Canada on Jan. 5, 2021.
Rena Laverty / USA Hockey photo

Brock Faber

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: University of Minnesota
  • Family: Father, Jay. Mother, Karri. Brother, Payton. Sister, Paige.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Minnesota
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Right
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: Big Ten Conference
  • Award: Big Ten All-Rookie Team (2021)
  • PLAYING CAREER: US U17 and U18 National Team, USA (2018-20); University of Minnesota, USA (2020- ).

Nick Abruzzese

  • Nickname: Nick
  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Harvard University
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Harvard University
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Leagues: Eastern College Athletic Conference
  • Award: Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team (2019/20), First Team All-Star (2019/20), Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2019/20), First Team All-Ivy (2019/20), United State Hockey League First Team All-Star (2018/19)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Chicago Steel, USA (2017-19); Harvard University, USA (2019- ).
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Michigan Wolverines forward Brendan Brisson celebrates one of his two goals on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Compton Family Ice Arena on the Notre Dame campus.
Contributed / Mike Miller / B1G Ten Hockey

Brendan Brisson

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studying Sports Management at the University of Michigan
  • Family: Father, Patrice. Mother, Kim. Brother, Jordan.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Michigan
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Patrice “Pat” Brisson (Ice hockey): Played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1981 to 1986. Now is a sports agent and head of the hockey division for Creative Artists Agency.
  • Leagues: Big Ten Conference
  • Award: USHL All-Rookie Team (2019/20), USHL First Team All-Star (2019/20), USHL Rookie of the Year (2019/20)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Green Bay Gamblers, USA (2018-19); Chicago Steel, USA (2019-20); University of Michigan, USA (2020- ).
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Steven Kampfer

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Political Science at the University of Michigan.
  • Family: Wife, Tara.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Kazan Ak-Bars
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Right
  • Leagues: Kontinental Hockey League
  • PLAYING CAREER: University of Michigan, USA (2006-10); Providence Bruins, USA (2010-11, 2018-20); Boston Bruins, USA (2010-12, 2018-21); Minnesota Wild, USA (2011-12); Houston Aeros, USA (2011-13); Iowa Wild, USA (2013-14); San Antonio Rampage, USA (2014-15); Florida Panthers, USA (2014-17); Hartford Wolf Pack, USA (2016-17); New York Rangers, USA (2016-18); Kazan Ak-Bars, RUS (2021- ).

Brian Cooper

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Chemistry and Nursing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
  • Family: Father, Jeff. Mother, Cindy. Brother, Erik.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: IK Oskarshamn
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Left
  • Leagues: Svenska Hockeyligan
  • Award: HockeyAllsvenskan Defenseman of the Year (2018/19)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Fargo Force (USHL) 2009-12, University of Nebraska-Omaha (2012-16); San Diego Gulls, USA (2015-18); Utah Grizzlies, USA (2017); Atlanta Gladiators, USA (2018-19); Milwaukee Admirals, USA (2018-19); IF Bjoerkloeven and AIK, SWE (2018-20); IK Oskarshamn, SWE (2020- ).

Marc McLaughlin

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studies Business at Boston College
  • Family: Father, Walter. Mother, Jill. Brother, Sean. Sister, Kristine.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Boston College
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Right
  • Leagues: Hockey East
  • Award: Hockey East Three Stars Award (2021: Hockey East Best Defensive Forward (2020/21), Hockey East Third Team All-Star (2020/21)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USA (2016-18); Boston College, USA (2018- ).

Sean Farrell

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Harvard University
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Harvard University
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: Eastern College Athletic Conference
  • Award: USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year (2021, USHL Player of the Year (2020/21), USHL First Team All-Star (2020/21)
  • PLAYING CAREER: USA U17 and U18 National Team, USA (2017-19); Chicago Steel, USA (2019-20); Harvard University, USA (2021- ).
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Forward Noah Cates (21) of the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Noah Cates

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studying Business at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
  • Family: Father, Jeff. Mother, Jenny. Brother, Jackson.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Jeff Cates (Ice hockey): Played at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
  • Brother Jackson Cates (Ice hockey): Played in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and the American Hockey League with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after a college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
  • Debut: 2022 Olympic Winter Games
  • Leagues: National Collegiate Hockey Conference
  • Award: NCHC Second Team All-Star (2021), NCHC First Team All-Star (2020)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Omaha Lancers (United States Hockey League, USA (2015-18); University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA (2018- )

Drew Commesso

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studies at Boston University
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Boston University
  • Position / Style: Goalkeeper
  • Hand: Left
  • Debut: 2021 World Championships
  • Leagues: Hockey East
  • Award: Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2021)
  • PLAYING CAREER: US U17 and U18 National Team, USA (2018-20); Boston University, USA (2020- ).
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Strauss Mann played for the Fargo Force before his collegiate career at Michigan.
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Strauss Mann

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Business Administration at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA).
  • Family: Father, Anthony. Mother, Sally.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Skellefteae AIK
  • Position / Style: Goalkeeper
  • Hand: Left
  • Leagues: Svenska Hockeyligan
  • Award: Big Ten Second Team All-Star (2021), Big Ten First Team All-Star (2020), Big Ten Best Goaltender (2020), USHL Third Team All-Star (2018)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Fargo Force, USA (2017-18); University of Michigan, USA (2018-21); Skellefteae AIK, SWE (2021- ).

Pat Nagle

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Marketing at Ferris State University
  • Family: Wife, Monica. Son, Bryson. Father, Lyle. Mother, June.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Reading Royals
  • Position / Style: Goalkeeper
  • Hand: Left
  • Leagues: American Hockey League
  • Award: ECHL All-Star (2018), ECHL Second Team All-Star (2018), CCHA First Team All-Star (2011), NCAA West First Team All-American (2011)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Ferris State University, USA (2007-11); Norfolk Admirals, USA (2010-12); Florida Everblades, USA (2011-13); Syracuse Crunch, USA (2012-13); Texas Stars, USA (2013-14); Idaho Steelheads, USA (2013-14); Fort Wayne Komets, USA (2014-17); Lake Erie Monsters/Rochester Americans/Utica Comets, USA (2014-15); Grand Rapids Griffins, USA (2014-16, 2017-21); Stockton Heat, USA (2015-16); Toledo Walleye, USA (2017-20); Lehigh Valley Phantoms, USA (2021- ); Reading Royals, USA (2021- ).
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Minnesota Gophers forward Ben Meyers battled for a loose puck with Michigan's Kent Johnson (13) during a 5-1 win over the Wolverines on Dec. 3, 2021 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Contributed / Jonathan Knight

Ben Meyers

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA)
  • Family: Father, Steve. Mother, Traci. Brother, Nate.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Minnesota
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Steve Meyers (Ice hockey): Played for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Brother Nate Meyers (Baseball): Plays for Minnesota State University.
  • Leagues: Big Ten Conference
  • Award: Big Ten All-Star Team Honorable Mention (2020/21), Big Ten All-Rookie Team (2019/20), USHL Second Team All-Star (2019)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Fargo Force, USA (2016-19); University of Minnesota, USA (2019- ).
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Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski (77) chases after Washington Capitals defenseman Aaron Ness (55) during a 2017 game at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Aaron Ness

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Studied Business and Marketing at the University of Minnesota
  • Family: Father, Jay. Mother, Kristi.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Providence Bruins
  • Position / Style: Defense
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Father Jay Ness (Ice hockey): Played collegiately for the University of North Dakota from 1982 to 1985 and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1982 draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Leagues: American Hockey League
  • Award: AHL Most Assists by a Defenseman (2018/19), AHL Most Points by a Defenseman (2018/19), AHL Second Team All-Star (2018/19), AHL Playoffs Most Assists (2016), AHL All-Star Game (2015), WCHA All-Academic Team (2011), Minnesota Mr. Hockey (2008)
  • PLAYING CAREER: University of Minnesota, USA (2008-11); New York Islanders, USA (2011-12, 2013-14); Bridgeport Sound Tigers, USA (2011-15); Washington Capitals, USA (2015-18); Hershey Bears, USA (2015-19); Arizona Coyotes, USA (2019-21); Providence Bruins, USA (2021- )

Andy Miele

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Majored in American Studies with a minor in Coaching at Miami University
  • Family: Wife, Hilary. Daughter, Bonnie. Father, Jim. Mother, Sue.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Debut: 2011 World Championships
  • Leagues: Kontinental Hockey League
  • Award: AHL First Team All-Star (2014/15), AHL Second Team All-Star (2013/14), AHL All-Star Game (2012), USA Hockey Jim Johannson Award (2011), CCHA Player of the Year (2011), CCHA All-Star Team (2011), CCHA Tournament MVP (2011), Hobey Baker Award (2011), CCHA Second Team All-Star (2010)
  • PLAYING CAREER: Miami University, USA (2008-11); Portland Pirates, USA (2011-14); Phoenix Coyotes, USA (2011-14); Grand Rapids Griffins, USA (2014-16); Lehigh Valley Phantoms, USA (2016-17); Malmoe Redhawks/Vaexjoe Lakers HC, SWE (2017-18); Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, RUS (2018-19, 2020-21); Tucson Roadrunners, USA (2019-20).
Minnesota Gophers forward Matthew Knies
Minnesota Gophers forward Matthew Knies battled for a loose puck with Seamus Casey (26) and Logan Cooley (18) from the U.S. National Under-18 Team during their exhibition game on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.
Contributed / Brace Hemmelgarn / University of Minnesota Athletics

Matt Knies

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: University of Minnesota
  • Family: Father, Miro. Mother, Michaela. Brother, Phil.
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Club Name: University of Minnesota
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Left
  • Sporting Relatives: Brother Phil Knies (Ice hockey): Played at Bentley University and at Miami University (Ohio).
  • Leagues: Big Ten Conference
  • PLAYING CAREER: Tri-City Storm, USA (2018-21); University of Minnesota, USA (2021-).

Nick Shore

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: University of Denver
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Right
  • PLAYING CAREER: USA Hockey National Team Development Program (2009-10); University of Denver (2010-13); Manchester Monarchs, AHL (2013-15); Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, NHL (2014-18); Metallurg Mangitogorsk, KHL (2018-19); Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, NHL (2019-20); HK Dukla Trencin, Slovakia, and EV Zug, NL (2020-21); Sibir Novosibirsk, KHL (2021-).

Brian O’Neill

  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Education: Majored in Political Science at Yale University
  • Position / Style: Forward
  • Hand: Right
  • PLAYING CAREER: Chicago Steel, USHL (2007-08); Yale University, USA (2008-12); Manchester Monarchs, AHL (2011-15); New Jersey Devils, NHL and Albany Devils, AHL (2015-16); Jokerit, KHL (2016-).

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