Multiple former Sioux City Musketeers have shot to make Olympic teams
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Inside the Sioux City Musketeers locker room there is a wall filled with banners. These are not championship banners but actually banners honoring players who have made it to the NHL. Now some of those Players will have a chance to play for their countries in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
“How cool is that you know when you turn on the tv here during the Olympics you can point and say I watched him play at the Tyson Events Center,” said Sioux City Musketeers CEO Travis Morgan. “You know or I remember skating with him on Sundays.”
Seven former Musketeers will be taking their shot at an Olympic roster spot this winter. Max Pacioretty, Jake Guentzel and Neal Pionk for the United States. Kristian and Martin Pospisil for Slovakia. Eeli Tolvanen will be trying out for Finland and last seasons Musketeers goalie Akira Schmid will attempt to make the Swiss national team. But head coach Luke Strand does not take all the credit for these players development.
“Well I think the first part here is it takes a village. It takes the village it takes the community it takes the organization,” said Musketeers head coach Luke Strand. “We got fantastic ownership that want the player experience at the highest level. And, as coaches or teammates its really exciting.”
In the Muskies eyes it’s not just great for the organization or the players with this opportunity but, for the fans and supporters of the Musketeers, being able to see athletes they watched develop right in front of them at the Tyson Events Center.
“And the fans and the people around Sioux City that have watched Musketeer hockey over the years, they’re getting a chance to see how that development works and see these guys play in the NHL. And now playing in the Olympics to represent their country and possibly stand on the podium with a gold medal,” said Morgan. “I mean how cool is that for Sioux City because we’re part of that you know the Musketeers are a part of it.”
Countries will have to have their final rosters set sometime in early January but the date has not been set yet. The Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics is on February 4th in Beijing.
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