Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



Most of U.S. Olympic men's hockey team once played in the USHL

More than 80 percent -- 21 of the 25 squad members -- wore a USHL jersey at some point in their careers. Fourteen other USHL alumni named to the Olympic squads for nine other countries.

Brock Faber skating
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

Team USA begins its quest for a medal Thursday, Feb. 10, in the 2022 Beijing Olympics and the team is predominantly comprised of players who once wore a jersey for a USHL squad.

Twenty-one players for Team USA skated in the USHL, according to the league, and overall there are 35 players on the Olympic rosters of 10 nations.

"We are incredibly proud of all of the people who are representing their countries at the 2022 Olympics who have come through the United States Hockey League," Bill Roberston, president and commissioner of the USHL, said in a statement.

"The way we're represented at the Olympics, not only by former players but also staff and officials, is a testament to the way our league has developed those who come through it."

The U.S. is scheduled to face off in its preliminary round games against China (Thursday, Feb. 10), Canada (Feb. 12) and Germany (Feb. 13). All of the games will be broadcast by USA Network. The full U.S. roster can be found here .


The Olympic playoff rounds begin Feb. 15. The bronze medal game will be Feb. 19 and the gold medal game is slated for Feb. 20.

The U.S. Olympic team's personnel also includes several with USHL ties:

  • John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager
  • Mike Hastings, assistant coach
  • Brett Larson, assistant coach
  • Dave Lassonde, goaltending coach
  • Jason Hodges, athletic trainer

USHL alumni, Team USA

USHL olympians Team USA.JPG
Courtesy / USHL

In total, 10 of the 12 Olympic men's squads have at least one USHL alum on their roster. In addition to Team USA, the other former USHL players in the Olympics are:

  • Owen Power, Canada
  • Jake Chelios, China
  • Lukas Klok, Czechia
  • Markus Lauridsen and Patrick Russell, Denmark
  • Jussi Olkinuora, Finland
  • Lean Bergmann and Frederik Tiffels, Germany
  • Karlis Cukste and Ralphs Freibergs, Latvia
  • Kristian Pospisil and Matej Tomek, Slovakia
  • Christian Folin and Frederik Olofsson, Sweden

As director of digital content development for Forum Communications, Wagner oversees digital training tools for newsrooms, audience engagement and niche content areas.
What to read next
Antonio Fernandez and Mason Marcellus both record two-point games as Stars inch within one point of Waterloo in the Western Conference standings
Stars and Storm surging, Phantoms closing in on Chicago and races for final playoff spots heat up as April nears
Take a year-by-year and team-by-team look at the USHL's tender history and what goes into the tendering process
Storm impress with three-game sweep of Fargo and prepare for pivotal mid-week game in Lincoln, while the Steel and Phantoms battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference
Get Local