SAN JOSE - USA Hockey (@usahockey) announced today during the second intermission of the Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field in New York, York York that San Jose Barracuda Captain John McCarthy has been selected to the United States men's ice hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympics will be held from Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchange, South Korea.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Boston, Massachusetts has 12 points (five goals, seven assists), eight penalty minutes and a team best plus-six rating in 29 games played with the Barracuda this season.
In 2016-17, McCarthy helped guide the Barracuda to its first Pacific Division title and the second best record in the league. McCarthy was also a key piece to top 10 penalty kill and power-play units. During San Jose's run to the Western Conference Finals, McCarthy recorded seven points (two goals, five assists), 18 penalty minutes, and a plus-six rating in 15 playoff games.
"We are extremely honored that John McCarthy has been named to the 2018 US Olympic Team, he truly epitomizes the American Hockey journey, going from captain of NCAA champion Boston University to pro hockey. He has been a huge part of the San Jose Sharks/San Jose Barracuda for many years," said Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "He is a tremendous player and leader for the Barracuda and we look forward to him contributing to Team USA."
McCarthy spent four years at Boston University from 2006-to-2010, winning a NCAA National Championship as the team's captain in 2012. McCarthy has skated in 465 career AHL games with Chicago, Worcester, and San Jose over his nine year pro career, accumulating 249 points (108 goals, 141 assists), 189 penalty minutes, and a plus-53 rating.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn't be more proud be selected to represent the United States," said McCarthy. "It's something you dream of when you first begin playing the game."
In addition, McCarthy has played in 88 career NHL games, all with the San Jose Sharks, collecting six points (three goals, three assists), 22 penalty minutes, and a minus-24 rating.
During his six seasons in Worcester, McCarthy played in a franchise high 277 games. He is also the current franchise leader for the Barracuda in games played (163).
McCarthy was originally drafted by the Sharks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, #202 overall).