With 1,006 games played over 15 seasons, Gionta, 38, has by far the most N.H.L. experience of the 23 players named. He put up 588 points for the Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres. He played for the U.S. at the 2006 Olympics and has been practicing with the A.H.L.’s Rochester Americans to stay in shape for Pyeongchang.
“It’s one thing I don’t have, I haven’t been able to achieve, is an Olympic medal,” Gionta said. “I would love to end my career with something like that.”
A total of 15 players on the roster have appeared in the N.H.L., including the A.H.L. star Chris Bourque and European-based forwards Mark Arcobello and Jim Slater and defensemen James Wisniewski and Bobby Sanguinetti.
“I think it’s a great mix of young talent and veteran players with a lot of international experience,” said Sanguinetti, who was a first-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2006. “Excited to get together in a month.”
Tony Granato, who played at the 1988 Olympics and now coaches at Wisconsin, will be behind the bench in South Korea. The Americans face Slovenia in its Olympic opener on Feb. 14. The U.S. lost the bronze medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver in Vancouver in 2010.
But this is an entirely different dynamic with the N.H.L. choosing not to send players, as national federations couldn’t pick any player with an active N.H.L. contract. The initial U.S. roster includes five players from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, five from Switzerland’s National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Ryan Zapolski, who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in the Kontinental Hockey League, is the only goaltender on the roster so far, with two more to be added later this month.
The United States women’s hockey team will be led by captain Meghan Duggan, one of six two-time silver medalists, on a roster that features four other silver medalists from 2014.
Forward Alex Carpenter and defenseman Megan Bozek are 2014 silver medalists who did not make the cut from the national team, which has been training since September in Florida.
Joining Duggan on a third Olympic roster are Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Gigi Marvin. Kendall Coyne, Lee Stecklein, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel made their second Olympic team.
The U.S. women open Olympic play Feb. 11 against Finland.
Goalies: Ryan Zapolski (Jokerit, Kontinental Hockey League)
Defensemen: Chad Billins (Linkoping, Swedish Hockey League); Jonathon Blum (Admiral Vladivostok, K.H.L.); Will Borgen (St. Cloud State); Matt Gilroy (Jokerit, K.H.L.); Ryan Gunderson (Brynas, S.H.L.); Bobby Sanguinetti (HC Lugano, Swiss National League); Noah Welch (Vaxjo Lakers, S.H.L.); James Wisniewski (Kassel Huskies, Deutsche Eishockey Liga)
Forwards: Mark Arcobello (SC Bern, Swiss National League); Chris Bourque (Hershey Bears, American Hockey League); Bobby Butler (Milwaukee Admirals, A.H.L.); Ryan Donato (Harvard); Brian Gionta (unsigned); Jordan Greenway (Boston University); Chad Kolarik (Adler Mannheim, Deutsche Eishockey Liga); Broc Little (HC Davos, Swiss National League); John McCarthy (San Jose Barracuda, A.H.L.); Brian O’Neill (Jokerit, K.H.L.); Garrett Roe (EV Zug, Swiss National League); Jim Slater (Fribourg-Gotteron, Swiss National League); Ryan Stoa (Spartak Moscow, K.H.L.); Troy Terry (University of Denver)
Goalies: Nicole Hensley (Lindenwood University); Alex Rigsby (Minnesota Whitecaps); Maddie Rooney (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
Defenders: Cayla Barnes (Boston College); Kacey Bellamy (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.); Kali Flanagan (Boston College); Megan Keller (Boston College); Sidney Morin (MODO Hockey, Sweden); Emily Pfalzer (Buffalo Beauts, N.W.H.L.); Lee Stecklein (University of Minnesota)
Forwards: Hannah Brandt (Minnesota Whitecaps); Dani Cameranesi (University of Minnesota); Kendall Coyne (Minnesota Whitecaps); Brianna Decker (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.); Meghan Duggan (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L); Amanda Kessel (New York Riveters, N.W.H.L.); Hilary Knight (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.); Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Minnesota Whitecaps); Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Minnesota Whitecaps); Gigi Marvin (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.); Kelly Pannek (University of Minnesota); Amanda Pelkey (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.); Haley Skarupa (Boston Pride, N.W.H.L.)