When the Team USA Men's and Women's hockey teams hit the ice for the Winter Olympics this February in PyeongChang, six current collegiate athletes will skate for the teams — four on the men's team and two on the women's team.
And while having current college players on the Women's National Team for the Olympics is no unusual feat, the Team USA Men have not had a current NCAA student-athlete on the team since the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Since then, NHL and other professional league players have dominated the team.
That changes this year as the NHL announced last April the league would not release its players or schedule a break in the season so its players could participate.
That leaves the men's team digging for a few players from the NCAA ranks — four to be exact — while the women's team adds a pair of current college players to its roster.
Here's a look at the six student athletes who will represent Team USA and what they have accomplished in their collegiate and national careers. (Current college stats as of Jan. 11, 2018):
Will Borgen, D — St. Cloud State
A 6-foot-2, 199-pound junior defender at St. Cloud State, Borgen has played in 18 games for the Huskies this year with a goal and seven assists to his name.
Borgen played on the Team USA National Junior Team that won a bronze medal in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. He recorded three assists in seven games.
Ryan Donato, F — Harvard
A 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior forward for the Crimson, Donato is having a stellar collegiate season. He's scored 14 goals and tallied 8 assists in 15 games so far.
Donato played on the Team USA National Junior Team that won a bronze medal in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki. He recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in seven games.
Jordan Greenway, F — Boston University
A 6-foot-5, 238-pound junior forward for the Terriers, Greenway has three goals and five assists in 13 games for Boston University this season.
Greenway has twice helped Team USA claim a gold medal — for the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team. In 2017 he was second on the team with eight points and five assists, and was the team's Player of the Game against Latvia. In 2015 he had six assists and a goal in seven games.
Greenway has competed for the U.S. in many other Under-18 and Under-17 events.
Kelly Pannek, F — Minnesota
Pannek is spending the 2017-18 Gophers season with Team USA. Last year for Minnesota she totaled 19 goals and 43 assists in 39 games, earning numerous accolades including All-American status. She was second in the nation with 62 points.
Pannek is no stranger to Team USA. She helped the U.S. win the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship and the 2017 Four Nations Cup. She has competed for the U.S. since 2013 when she helped the team to a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship.
She's played in 24 total games for Team USA with four goals and five assists.
Maddie Rooney, G — Minnesota Duluth
Like Pannek, Rooney is spending the 2017-18 collegiate season devoted to Team USA. Last year she put up an incredible performance for the Bulldogs, registering 1,013 saves in 37 games with a .942 save percentage. She amassed a 25-7-5 record and recorded six shutouts and six 40-plus save games.
Rooney also helped the U.S. win the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, earning a shutout victory in the preliminary round against Russia. She also recorded three wins in three games — including the championship against Canada — in the 2017 Four Nations Cup.
She's 5-0-2-1 with 14 goals against and a .921 save percentage (165 saves) in eight games for the U.S.
Troy Terry, F — Denver
A 6-foot-0, 179-pound forward for the Pioneers, Terry has aeight goals and 19 assists in 22 games this season.
Terry is already quite decorated already for Team USA.
As a part of the gold-medal winning U.S. National Junior Team in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Terry total four goals and three assists in seven games, and scored three-straight shootout goals in the semifinals against Russia, and was named the US Player of the Game in the win. He also scored the only goal in the shootout win gold medal game against Canada.
He had previously scored a pair of goals and added two assists as the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team won gold in the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland, and competed for the U.S. in numerous Under-18 and Under-17 events.