Two Ryans, a Brian, a Bobby, and a Chad -- Oh my!
There are not one, not two, but five athletes from Pennsylvania and New Jersey on the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey team competing in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
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Head coach Tony Granato of the Men's USA Ice Hockey Team works practice ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre on Feb. 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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U.S. Men's Hockey head coach Tony Granato has his team ready to compete in Pyeongchang. And, there are plenty of Pennsylvania and New Jersey connections that will be hitting the ice.
Ryan Gunderson, a defender, was born in Philadelphia in 1985, and grew up in Bensalem, Bucks County, where he attended Holy Ghost Preparatory School. He went on to attend the University of Vermont where he holds the record for most games played in a career, with a whopping 148 games! He currently plays for Brynäs IF in the Swedish Hockey League; a team he helped lead to a league championship in the 2011-12 season.
Ryan Zapolski, a goalie, was born and raised in Erie in western Pennsylvania. The 31-year-old played hockey at Mercyhurst College, where he led AHA goaltenders in winning percentage during the 2008-09 season. He went on to play for the South Carolina Stingrays, winning numerous awards including the league's Most Valuable Player in the 2012-13 season. Currently, he plays in the Kontinental Hockey League for Jokerit, and leads the league in wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts.
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Brian O'Neill, a forward, is another Philly-born athlete on the team. The 29-year-old grew up in Yardley, Bucks.County, and went on to attend and play hockey at Yale University. Not only did he attend an Ivy League school, he tied the school record with 138 games played there.
O'Neill played parts of one season for the New Jersey Devils. Like Zapolski, O'Neill currently plays for Jokerit (KHL).
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Bobby Sanguinetti, a defender, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended Lawrenceville High School. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in 2006 and went on to play for the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL.
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During the AHL All-Star Game in 2009, Sanguinetti set a new record, skating a lap around the ice in just 13.677 seconds. The 29-year-old is currently playing for HC Lugano in Switzerland.
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Chad Kolarik, a forward, was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania. He attended high school in Pittsburgh and went on to play hockey at the University of Michigan.
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Kolarik was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Draft. He went on to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers in the NHL. The 32-year-old currently plays for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.