Patrick Kane and Seth Jones are officially headed to the 2022 Winter Olympics with Team USA.
As part of an agreement with the IIHF, the NHL and the NHLPA, each country competing in the games was required to announce the first three players that will be included on the final rosters when they're announced in January. For the American management group, led by Chicago President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman, two Blackhawks were no-brainers to bring overseas, along with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.
"It's no secret we're excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 Games," said Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic team. "Patrick, Auston and Seth reflect the high level of talent that will make up our final roster as we strive to bring gold back home to the U.S."
Kane competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, totaling 13 points (3G, 6A) in 12 combined games as the U.S. captured the silver medal in Vancouver over a decade ago and finished in fourth place four years later in Sochi. He is just the 13th player to be selected to three or more U.S. Olympic rosters.
After representing the U.S. five times at almost every other level, Jones is set to make his Olympic debut in Beijing. The defenseman was in heavy consideration for the 2014 squad as a breakout rookie, but couldn't quite crack the younger defensive corps at the time. Now, eight years later, he's the staple of the blue line for the Americans and can start the season knowing his spot is secured.
The remainder of the 25-player U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team will be unveiled in January and could include at least one more Blackhawk with forward Alex DeBrincat considered a strong roster candidate.
Team USA is scheduled to begin play in the Olympic tournament on Feb. 10 against host China.