MINNEAPOLIS – Gopher Hockey All-American alum and former captain Ryan Stoa has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Gopher Hockey has now sent a representative (player or staff) to every Winter Olympics since 1936.
The U.S., which has won 11 medals in the Olympic Winter Games including gold in 1960 and 1980, opens the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 14 against Slovenia.
A forward from Bloomington, Minn., Stoa skated in 120 career games for the Maroon & Gold with 97 points (47 goals, 50 assists) from 2005-2009. He was named a First Team All-American and a First Team All-WCHA selection after leading the Gophers in scoring during the 2008-09 season when he notched 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games.
Stoa currently skates with Spartak Moskva in the KHL and was named a 2017 KHL All-Star. He previously played 40 regular-season NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals.
No stranger to international competition, Stoa helped the U.S. National Under-18 Team claim a gold medal at the 2015 U-18 World Championships and added a bronze medal with the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2007 World Junior Championship. He also competed at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and a pair of Deutschland Cups in 2015 and 2017.
In addition to Stoa on the men’s team, Gopher Hockey alums Robb Stauber (head coach) and Brett Strot (associate head coach) will serve on the coaching staff for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
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