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A former Rock Canyon High School student has been selected to play for the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, USA Hockey announced Jan. 1.
Troy Terry, 20, will be on one of 12 hockey teams competing at the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea Feb. 14-25. The U.S. team's first game is scheduled for Feb. 14 against Slovenia.
Terry, a junior at the University of Denver, is in his third season with the university's hockey team, the Pioneers. In his college hockey career, he has posted 92 points through 96 games, according to a release from the university. This season, he has recorded 25 points through 20 games and is tied for ninth in NCAA scoring, the university reported. His position is forward.
He has represented the U.S. in two International Ice Hockey Federation world championships: in 2015 on the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team and in 2017 on the U.S. National Junior Team, according to USA Hockey. Both teams claimed gold medals.
Terry went to Rock Canyon High School as a freshman and sophomore and played six seasons with the Colorado Thunderbirds club team. He also was part of the USA Hockey National Team development program, where he gained some international experience.
In an interview posted on Facebook by Denver Men's Hockey, Terry recalled his first time watching the movie “Miracle,” a sports drama about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
“It's the first movie you see as a hockey kid and it's something that you always want to do is play for your country,” Terry said. “If you told me a year ago I had a chance to play at the Olympic level, I wouldn't believe you.
“I'm going there to represent myself, my family, my school here in Denver and my state.”
Terry is one of two Colorado athletes who will be competing in the 2018 winter games. Nicole Hensley, of Lakewood, will play for the U.S. Womens Olympic Hockey Team.
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