The NHL recently made the announcement that players under contract won’t be allowed to play in the 2018 Olympics being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This ends a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics that featured various NHL players.
However, this doesn’t mean the United States or Canada is at a disadvantage this year. After all, championships are often won when the team has a great goaltender. For example, Patrick Roy helped his team make their way to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 1990s, and Jonathan Quick did the same in the past decade.
Just like in the past, this year’s hockey games are going to be something to watch, with action and excitement at every turn. Interested in the goaltenders who will be hitting the ice come February? If so, learn about the goaltenders to watch in this year’s Olympic games.
From Erie, PA originally, Ryan Zapolski is a professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for Jokerit, which is part of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is set to be the starting goalie for the American team in South Korea.
While he originally played a forward on the ice, he realized this wasn’t the right position for him. Since making a move to goalie, he has had a huge amount of success, which is going to serve the team well in the coming competition.
Known as a rule breaker in his league, David Leggio is an American professional hockey player who was recently named to the team as a backup goalie for team USA. Currently he is playing for the EHC Munchen in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Like the other two goaltenders who have been named to the team, Leggio has no prior NHL experience during the regular seasons or the playoffs, but he has several seasons behind him in the European professional leagues.
Considered an elite puck-handling goaltender, Brandon Maxwell makes up No. 3 for goaltenders on team USA. According to teammates, this player is a very steady and consistent performer and an asset to the American Hockey Olympic team.
These three players are definitely going to have their hand in the performance shown by Team USA in the Olympics and are players to be watched. Who knows, they may go down in history, just like some of their predecessors.
Please be patient with us as we are shiny and new and still growing our content and media. Stay in touch with MyHockeyNation.com on Facebook and other social media platforms for daily updates.