Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was also named to the team as one of the three early players. The remainder of the 25-player team is expected to be reveled in January. Team USA is scheduled to start tournament play against host China on Feb. 10.
“It’s no secret we’re excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 Games,” Bowman said in a statement for Team USA. “Patrick, Auston, and Seth reflect the high level of talent that will make up our final roster as we strive to bring gold back home to the U.S.”
Kane, who will turn 33 in November, will play in his third Olympics after winning silver in 2010 and 2014. He has scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games at the Olympics. He also served as Team USA captain for the IIHF World Championship in 2018 and 2019.
Jones, who turned 27 on Oct. 3, will make his Olympic debut. He has played for Team USA five times, most recently winning bronze at the 2015 World Championship. The Blackhawks acquired him from the Blue Jackets on July 23 and signed him to an eight-year, $76 million contract a week later.
More Blackhawks to Games
The Blackhawks are expected to be well-represented in China. Here are some players who could be competing with and against Jones and Kane at the Games.
Canada: Marc-Andre Fleury (Goaltender)
Czech Republic: Dominik Kubalik (Forward)
Finland: Kevin Lankinen (Goaltender)
Germany: Lukas Reichel (Forward)
Switzerland: Philipp Kurashev (Forward)
USA: Alex DeBrincat (Forward)
Kubalik is the only player among the group with Olympic experience, scoring two goals in five games in 2018. Fleury was on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal team, but did not play.