COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) skaters will trade in their collegiate jerseys for the Stars and Stripes this February as Denver junior forward Troy Terry and St. Cloud State junior defenseman Will Borgen were named to the 2018 United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, USA Hockey announced Monday on national television during the NHL’s Winter Classic. The duo will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9-25.
Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Borgen (Moorhead, Minn.) are two of only four current collegiate players selected to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.
Terry led the Pioneers to a NCAA national championship last season, when he recorded 45 points on 22 goals and 23 assists in 35 games. The Anaheim Ducks 2015 fifth-round draft pick garnered All-NCHC Honorable Mention last season, as well as being named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team and twice winning NCHC Offensive Player of the Week. This season, Terry has eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 20 games. For his career, Terry has 39 goals and 53 assists for 92 points in 96 games at Denver.
Terry’s previous experience with USA Hockey includes leading the U.S. to a gold medal at last year’s (2017) IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, Canada, when he went 4-for-4 in post-overtime shootouts against Russia (semifinals) and Canada (final) combined to clinch the gold. He finished the tournament with four goals, including three game-winners, and three assists in seven games. Terry also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Switzerland and played on the U.S. U-18 Team with the National Team Development Program in 2014-15, putting up 44 points in 66 games.
Borgen has been a staple on St. Cloud State’s blue line the last three seasons, tallying eight points in 17 games this season, while posting a +5 plus/minus and blocking 28 shots. He also leads the Huskies with 14 penalties for 39 minutes. The 2015 fourth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres was an NCHC All-Rookie Team selection in 2015-16 when he notched 14 points and was +17 in 37 games. As a sophomore last year, Borgen tallied two goals and 10 assists in 33 games and was a team-best +4. For his career, the former Omaha Lancer has four goals and 30 assists in 87 career games as a Husky.
Borgen played on the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping Team USA win a bronze medal in Helsinki, Finland. He dished out three assists and was +6 in seven games at the tournament.
Along with Terry and Borgen, former St. Cloud State forward Garrett Roe (2007-11), now playing for EV Zug in the Swiss League, was also selected to Team USA. Team USA will be coached by Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato.
Olympic play begins Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Slovenia, while the U.S. will also face Slovakia and Russia in Group B before quarterfinal play begins Feb. 21. The tournament concludes with the gold-medal game Feb. 25. The U.S. has won 11 medals at the Winter Olympics, including gold in 1960 and 1980.
To see the complete U.S. roster, click here.
Denver junior forward Troy Terry
St. Cloud State junior defenseman Will Borgen