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U.S. Olympic hockey teams have Western New York feel

NEW YORK –Brian Gionta is headed to South Korea. He won't be alone.

Four players with Western New York connections are playing in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey announced Monday. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen.

Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the women's team.

Lancaster's Adam Page will again anchor the U.S. sled hockey team.

Gionta has a long history with USA Hockey and will serve as the captain. He represented his country in the 2006 Olympics, the 1998 and '99 World Juniors, and the 2000, 2001 and 2005 World Championships.

The Sabres drafted Borgen in the fourth round in 2015. He is a junior at St. Cloud State.

Pfalzer, who starred at Boston College, is also no stranger to international play. The 24-year-old played for the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2011 under-18 tournament, plus the 2015, '16 and '17 women's world championships.

Page will take part in his third Paralympic Winter Games. The 25-year-old won gold in the 2010 and 2014 Paralympics.

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