Jan. 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Max Pacioretty of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens, a forward for the University of Michigan ice hockey team during the 2007-08 season, was named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, announced Wednesday (Jan. 1) by USA Hockey at the Winter Classic. The XXII Olympic Winter Games will run from Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. Pacioretty will be the seventh former Wolverine to play for Team USA at the Olympics.
Pacioretty is in his sixth NHL season with Montreal and leads the team with 17 goals and six power-play goals.
During his lone season at Michigan, Pacioretty was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year and earned National Rookie of the Year honorable mention from the Hockey Commissioners Association. The New Canaan, Conn., native recorded 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points to rank fourth on Michigan's roster in scoring in 2007-08. His 39 points also ranked fifth nationally among freshman that season.
Pacioretty played for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2012 World Championship.
U-M's previous U.S. Olympic Team participants include: Jack Johnson (2010, silver medal), Mike Knuble (2006), David Roberts (1994), Jeff Norton (1988), John Matchefts (1956, silver medal) and Willard Ikola (1956, silver medal). Mike Komisarek was inititally named to the team in 2010 but subsequently suffered an injury and was replaced.
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