Maple Grove Native To Play For US Hockey Team At Beijing Olympics

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MAPLE GROVE, MN — Maple Grove native Brock Faber is set to represent the U.S. at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing as a member of the men’s hockey team.

Faber, a sophomore defenseman for the University of Minnesota, was called up to the Olympic team last week alongside two of his Gophers teammates, Ben Meyers and Matthew Knies.

The 19-year-old said it is “a dream come true” and a “tremendous honor” to be chosen to play for the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

"Representing my country is something I've always been proud of, and I'm excited to fulfill a lifelong dream at the Olympics,” Faber told the University of Minnesota Athletics website.

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Faber made his debut for the Gophers hockey team in November 2020 and scored his first goal four days later. He finished the season with a selection to the NCAA West Regional all-regional team and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.

Faber got his Olympic callup after the NHL opted out of sending players to the Beijing Olympics due to the coronavirus.

The U.S. men’s hockey team roster includes 15 collegiate players, eight professionals from European leagues and two AHL players. Only one of the 25 players — forward Brian O’Neill — has been to the Olympics before, according to the team.

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The U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team finished seventh among 12 teams at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The team’s schedule gets underway Feb. 10 against China. The U.S. will also play Canada and Germany Feb. 12-13 in the preliminary round.

* A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Faber's age.

This article originally appeared on the Maple Grove Patch

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