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Greenway to make history on U.S. Olympic hockey team

Boston U. junior is first African-American man on the roster

Jordan Greenway has experienced big moments in a USA sweater for international competitions in the past.

In 2015, he helped the U.S. win gold in the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship. And in 2017, he scored three goals and recorded five assists to help the U.S. capture the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Competition dates

  • U.S. vs. Slovenia, Feb. 14.
  • U.S. vs. Slovakia, Feb. 15.
  • U.S. vs. Russian athletes, Feb. 17.
  • Qualification playoffs and quarterfinals, Feb. 20-21.
  • Semifinals, Feb. 23.
  • Bronze medal game, Feb. 24.
  • Gold medal game, Feb. 25.

His contributions on the international stage and at Boston U., where he is a junior on the ice hockey team, led to him being named to the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team that will compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

That alone was a big moment: Greenway is the first African-American man to be named to a U.S. Olympic roster in the sport.

Greenway’s breakthrough moment came partly as a result of the NHL’s decision last year to not provide a break in its season so its players could compete in Pyeongchang, leading the U.S. team to field a roster of collegians. The 6-5, 230-pound forward hopes his appointment to the U.S. roster shows everyone that a person can break stereotypes when it comes to sports.

Greenway grew up in Canton, New York, and became proficient enough to play for the renowned prep school power Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota. A stint with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed before he chose to play college hockey at Boston U. There, he has eight goals and 15 assists this season.

“Having a chance to play for Team USA in the Olympics is very exciting,” said Greenway, who was drafted in the second-round of the NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild in 2015 before coming to Boston. “I look forward to the chance of building on the legacy of the 1960 and 1980 teams that won Olympic gold medals. Now that NHL guys aren’t playing this time, I am very fortunate to have this opportunity.”