Collegians embrace Olympic spotlight

All 25 members of the U.S. Olympic hockey team are current or former collegiate players. The list includes top-five draft picks from each of the last two NHL drafts. Seven players have NHL experience

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January 14, 2022 - 1:11 PM

Michigan Wolverines goaltender Strauss Mann (31) adjusts his helmet during the championship game of the 55th annual Great Lakes Invitational at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Photo by TNS

Matty Beniers called his parents to ask them to answer a group FaceTime request so he could deliver some big news.

Of course that’s how the 19-year-old would tell loved ones he’s going to the Olympics.

Beniers was one of 15 college players named Thursday to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey roster, a significant increase from 2018 when the NHL also opted not to participate. All 25 players named to the team went through the college ranks.

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