Troy Terry is only 20 years old but can be considered a veteran of international ice hockey play. Terry, a junior forward on the University of Denver team who was a Rock Canyon student for two years, …
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Troy Terry is only 20 years old but can be considered a veteran of international ice hockey play.
Terry, a junior forward on the University of Denver team who was a Rock Canyon student for two years, is a member of the United States Olympic team.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for Troy and I was really happy for him,” said DU coach Jim Montgomery, who will be without the Pioneers' third leading scorer for four games while he is with the U.S. Olympic team.
“He's worked hard and deserved the opportunity. It shows the University of Denver recruits elite, great student athletes.”
Terry, who hails from Highlands Ranch, was a member of the United States U18 team at the 2015 IIHF World Championships and the 2017 World Junior Championship, where he became an American hero when he went four-for-four in semifinal and title-game shootouts to help the Americans win the gold medal.
In the previous international outings, Terry has played at a high level, especially when games have been on the line.
He scored three straight shootout goals through the five hole between the goaltender's legs in the semifinal win over Russia, when he earned the nickname of "Five-hole Terry." He also got the winning shootout goal in the championship game against Canada, once again scoring a five-hole goal.
“I have always taken pride in wearing the Red, White and Blue and to have the opportunity to do it at the Olympics is incredible,” Terry said in a tweet after he was selected to the team. “I will take pride in representing my family, the University of Denver and the state of Colorado.”
Terry is one of four NCAA players on the team. The selection of the college players was helped when the National Hockey League didn't let their players participate in the Olympics. Since 1988, NHL players were allowed to play for teams in the Olympics and the NHL season was halted for two weeks.
Montgomery didn't talk much to Terry after he was named to the United States team in January.
“We knew this was coming and the only thing I spoke to him was that he needed to be playing at a high level before he gets into that tournament so his confidence is high and he is feeling really good about his game,” said Montgomery.
Terry played with the Littleton Sprints, Colorado Thunderbirds and U.S. national team development program prior to coming to DU.
In 28 games this season for the Pioneers, the 6-foot, 179-pound draft selection of the Anaheim Ducks in 2015 had 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points.
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