Blackhawks hope Drew Commeso was named to the 2022 United States Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, one of three goaltenders going to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing for the Americans.
With the announcement by the NHL and the AJLNH at the end of December that NHL players won’t make it to this year’s Winter Olympics, Team USA focused on minor league, college and international ranks to fill out its roster for the Beijing games. Commesso, a 2020 second-round pick (46th overall) who started the only game for the United States at the 2022 World Junior Championship before the tournament was canceled, was the first choice in net for United States general manager John Vanbiesbrouck and head coach David Quinn.
“First of all, it’s an incredible honor for Drew to be able to represent his country on a stage like the Olympics,” said Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson. “It will be an experience he will never forget and he should be proud of – the Blackhawks are extremely happy to have him represent the organization. Drew is developing into a great young goaltender and playing for the Olympics will only help him. We wish him good luck in Beijing.”
Commesso is in his second season at Boston University. He played 30 games with the Terriers in his first two seasons, posting a 14-10-4 record. In 19 games this season, he has a 2.67 goals-against average and .907 save percentage while playing the third-most minutes among Hockey East goalies (1,099 mins).
He stopped 23 of 25 shots faced (.920 SV%) in a 3-2 win over Slovakia on December 26 at this year’s Junior Worlds before the tournament was cut short due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 .
The United States Men’s Olympic Team will compete in Group A of the 12-team tournament beginning Feb. 10, with Canada, Germany and host nation China rounding out the group.
The top four teams in the tournament after the preliminary round will earn automatic placement in the quarter-final round, which is scheduled for February 16. The remaining eight teams will take part in the qualifying playoffs on February 15, with the winners of the four clashes advancing to the quarter-finals. Tower.
USA Men’s Olympic Team Qualifying Round Schedule
- Thursday February 10 vs. China – 7:10 a.m. CST
- Friday February 11 vs. Canada – 10:10 p.m. CST (February 12 in China)
- Sunday February 13 vs. Germany – 7:10 a.m. CST
Dates of the men’s Olympic tournaments
- February 9-13: The qualifying round
- February 15: Qualifying play-off
- February 16: Quarterfinal
- February 18: Semi final
- February 19: Match for the bronze medal
- February 20: Game for the gold medal