But unlike the 1980 team that stunned the Soviets at Lake Placid, this group skews older, pulling most of its roster from players in European leagues and the aforementioned KHL, to go with just a handful of college players like BU's Jordan Greenway and Denver's Troy Terry.
The U.S. has medaled in all five Olympic Winter Games since women's ice hockey was introduced in 1998, including gold in that inaugural year. Terry and Greenway won World Junior gold with the US previous year. "Some players have a sense for the game". AHL star Chris Bourque and a handful of former National Hockey League players now in Europe, including Mark Arcobello, Jim Slater, James Wisniewski and Bobby Sanguinetti, are expected to help Gionta on the leadership front.
The men's roster includes 15 players with NHL experience and six players who have previously played in the North American Hockey League.
Butler received the news while at practice, and in the video above you can see the moment when he broke the news to his father that he officially made the team.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the decisions "must be a huge disappointment for the players" - but for Butler and others it presents a wonderful opportunity. "There are a lot of players out there that could potentially be Olympic athletes".
The players on the men's final roster came from colleges, from Americans playing in Europe and from the American Hockey League.
"The biggest challenge is getting the team to gel together as quick as possible", Gionta, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils, told reporters on Monday.
Joining Duggan on a third Olympic roster are Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Gigi Marvin.
Their opening game will be played on for February 14 against Slovenia.