Two former Minuteman Flames players, Noah Welch and Bobby Butler, will be playing on the U.S. Hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is an incredible honor and testament to their talent to be chosen to represent the United States at this most-notable, international event.
Noah Welch played for the Minuteman Flames in the late 1980s and is a veteran defenseman. From Brighton, MA, Noah attended Harvard University where he was captain of the hockey team and holds a degree in Government. In 2001, Noah was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins into the NHL, but he also played for the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Atlanta Thrashers. Currently, he plays for the Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League.
Hailing from Marlborough, MA, Bobby Butler played for the Minuteman Flames in the 1990s before attending the University of New Hampshire. A former member of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators, and Florida Panthers, Bobby currently plays right wing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Among numerous awards, he notably won the 2011 Calder Cup championship while with the Binghamton Senators, bringing the trophy to New England Sports Center in his hometown where he played many games.
Additionally, Scott Young from Clinton, MA, will be an assistant coach for Team USA. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning in 1991 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche. Currently, Scott is the Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. In the past, he has been a coach for the Minuteman Flames with his son being on one a team.
The 2018 Games mark the first time since 1994 that active NHL players will not be on the roster, but Team USA will consist of deeply experienced players, including Brian Gionta who played 1,006 games in the NHL. Tony Granato, of the University of Wisconsin, will be head coach. At 6' 4" and 220 lbs., Noah Welch (#5) will be on defense; right-hander Bobby Butler (#15) will be a forward.
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