Five Chicago Steel alums were among 25 players named to the United States men’s ice hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Thursday.
Forwards Nick Abruzzese (Harvard), Brendan Brisson (Michigan), Sean Farrell (Harvard), Andy Miele (KHL Torpedo), and Brian O’Neill (KHL Jokerit) will represent the Steel in Beijing. Frank Seravalli and Chris Peters of Daily Faceoff first reported the news.
Abruzzese (2019 fourth-rounder by the Maple Leafs) has scored 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 13 games as captain during his junior season. Farrell (2020 fourth-rounder by the Canadiens) has scored 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 13 games as a freshman. Abruzzese leads the Crimson in scoring and assists, while Farrell is second in each category.
Brisson (2020 first-rounder by the Golden Knights) has scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 23 games during his sophomore campaign. He leads the Wolverines in goals and is second in scoring behind Kent Johnson (Blue Jackets).
The 33-year-old Miele, who played for the Steel from 2006-08 before his college career at Miami of Ohio, is now in his second KHL season with Torpedo. He has scored 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games this season.
O’Neill, also 33, played for the Steel during the 2007-08 season, is in his sixth KHL season. He leads Jokerit in scoring (42 points) and assists (33) in 41 games. He also scored four points (one goal, three assists) in five games for Team USA at the 2018 Olympics.
With the NHL and IIHF not allowing NHL-contracted players to participate in the Olympics, college or European players have a chance to be on the team.
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