UMD’s Noah Cates Invited to Play for U.S. National Team at 2022 Winter Olympics
The Stillwater native is not a stranger to Team USA, as he took part in the World Junior Championships as a freshman.
DULUTH, Minn. – Two weeks ago, the NHL announced that none of their players would be going to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. So Team USA had to come up with a squad quick and they’ve found a collection of some of the best college hockey players in the country, including a UMD bulldog.
Team captain Noah Cates is part of a preliminary list of players that will suit up for the U.S. men’s hockey team. The Stillwater native is not a stranger to Team USA, as he took part in the World Junior Championships as a freshman.
“Obviously a rush of emotions when I found out. Obviously, very thankful for everyone that’s helped me kind of get to this point. It’s hard to believe to play at that level, to go over to China. Obviously really excited and looking forward to it,” said Cates.
Cates also spoke about having no hesitancy about going to Beijing, despite the concerns that led to NHL players dropping out.
“There’s plenty of money to make things happen if anything goes wrong. I know Team USA and the Olympics have it pretty dialed in. I’m not concerned about anything COVID-wise or with it being in China. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be an experience of a lifetime going over there,” Cates said.
Cates will miss three series for UMD from late January to mid-February against Western Michigan, Denver and North Dakota.