Mark Arcobello played for the Edmonton Oilers during some pretty dark times. Now he’ll play for the United States during some dark times for the Olympics. The Yale graduate, veteran of five different NHL clubs, and current forward in the Swiss League was announced as one of Team USA’s players who will represent the country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February.
Arcobello will join Brian Gionta, James Wisniewski, and a bunch of random players you probably haven’t hard of unless you play a lot of Be a GM Mode on EA Sports NHL video games. As we know, NHL players won’t be participating in the Olympics for the first time since 1994, making it much less of a spectacle than it usually is.
Though this is obviously a great experience for a guy like Arcobello or one of the handful of NCAA players on the roster, it’s essentially the Spengler Cup on a larger stage. Canada has yet to name their roster for the Olympics, but based on their pre-tournament roster, we could see a handful of former Oilers like Gilbert Brule, Rob Klinkhammer, and Ben Scrivens dawn the Maple Leaf.