USA Hockey has invited the 15 first-place players to participate in its men’s hockey team for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

According to the US Hockey Federation, eight current college hockey players, six Americans from overseas, and one minor league player were asked to represent the United States at Beijing 2022. Daily FaceoffFrank Seravalli, Chris Peters

USA Hockey is now looking outside the National Hockey League to find its team to compete at the Olympics. This comes after the NHL announced that its players will not be attending Beijing 2022.

Eight of the 15 first-placed players are from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Four of them were on the US roster to compete in the World Junior Championship. The event was cancelled by COVID-19 midway through.

Five of the six players from overseas have NHL experience: Kenny Agostino and Steven Kampfer; Andy Miele; Brian O’Neill; David Warsofsky.

Warsofsky plies his trade Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

USA Hockey has the ability to select 22 goaltenders and three skaters for its Olympic team.

The US will open their Beijing 2022 campaign to China on February 10, during the second day for the men’s competition at Games.

Canada and Germany are also included in Group A.

David Quinn, the US’s head coach, will take over the leadership of the team. Quinn took the position as a result of the NHL pulling out of an agreement that would have allowed players and coaches to be released for the Games.