Bulldogs Skate Wednesday AM for U.S.

Smith, Little, O'Neill, Arcobello, Allain
Smith, Little, O'Neill, Arcobello, Allain

NBCSN Has Coverage of Game 1

 

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The U.S. Men's Ice Hockey Team opens play in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. (NBCSN). Wednesday is also the Olympic debuts for former Yale All-Americans Mark Arcobello '10, Broc Little '11 and Brian O'Neill '12, who helped build the Bulldogs into the program that won the 2013 NCAA Championship.

The U.S. Men's Olympic Team, which takes on Slovenia in its opener, has won two gold medals, eight silver medals and one bronze medal all-time in Olympic competition. The most recent medal for the U.S. was at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, when the U.S. took home silver. The U.S. has competed in 21 Olympic Games between 1920 and 2014.

The U.S. is one of 12 teams competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and are in Group B alongside Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Arcobello, a Milford, Conn., native, has played in the NHL and the AHL and is currently under contract with Bern SC in Switzerland. Little had AHL experience but chose to continue his career in Europe. The Bulldog who grew up in Arizona and New Hampshire currently plays for in Switzerland for HC Davis. O'Neill, a Yardley, Pa., native skated in the AHL and NHL before leaving for greener pastures in Finland (Jokerit Helsinki).

The man who coached the three forwards in New Haven will be on the bench in PyeongChang as an assistant for Team USA. Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, is on his third tour of duty with Team USA at the Winter Olympics. The three have been very different experiences. In 1992 at Albertville, he was an assistant for a team of amateurs who traveled for a year before competing in the Olympics. Allain worked with NHL players at the 2006 Torino Games, while he has a mix of non-NHL professionals and collegians this time around.

The only other Yale connection on the U.S. squad is general manager Ben Smith, who served as an assistant under longtime head coach Tim Taylor in the early 1980s and crossed over with Allain's early coaching career.