Massachusetts Natives To Look Out For In The Winter Olympics

Sarah Mullahy

 

We’re right in the heart of the 2018 Winter Olympics and of course we’re all rooting for Americans to bring home the gold, but want to know who to cheer a little extra for? Here’s a list of all Massachusetts athletes competing in PyeongChang:

 

Chris Bourque (Men’s Hockey) : Bourque is from North Reading and is a graduate of Boston University, where he played hockey. He’s played in both the NHL and the AHL, and will play forward for the Olympic team. You may also recognize his last name - he’s the son of Ray Bourque, who played for the Bruins.

 

Steve Langton (Bobsled): Langton’s an Olympic veteran who was raised in Melrose. He competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics and took home a bronze medal in 2014 in Sochi. Langton is a Northeastern graduate and may be a familiar face if you’re a fan of The Amazing Race - he was on the show with his girlfriend in 2015.

 

Alice Merryweather (Alpine Skiing): A 21 year old from Hingham, Merryweather was somewhat of a last minute addition to the Olympic team after fellow skier Jackie Wiles was injured. She grew up skiing on Attitash Mountain and won the World Junior Championship last March.

 

John McCarthy (Men’s Hockey): From Boston, McCarthy also attended Boston University. He has played professionally in the NHL and is the Captain of the AHL San Jose Barracuda, and this will be his first time playing for the U.S. in any international competition.

 

Kacey Bellamy (Women’s Hockey): Already a three time olympian with two silver medals to her name, Bellamy grew up in Westfield. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she played hockey for the program. Bellamy plays for the Boston Pride in the WNHL.

 

Mike Trapp (Snowboarding): A Marston Mills native, this is Trapp’s first trip to the Olympics, but he’s competed in four world championships, beginning in 2011. He specializes in Parallel Slalom and Giant Parallel Slalom and will compete in both events in PyeongChang.

 

Annalisa Drew (Skiing): Drew is freestyle skier from Andover. This will be her second Olympics, as she competed four years ago in Sochi, where she placed 9th in the halfpipe. She’s been to both the X Games and the World Cup, and began skiing at age 3.

 

Bobby Butler (Men’s Hockey): Butler grew up in Marlborough and spent some time in the NHL, but currently plays for the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL. The right winger attended and played hockey at the University of New Hampshire. He won a bronze medal with team USA in the 2013 World Championship.

 

Noah Welch (Men’s Hockey): A Harvard Graduate, Welch comes from Brighton and will be a defenseman for the Olympic team. He currently plays in the Swedish Hockey League, and this will be his first time competing in the Olympics.

 

Jonathan Cheever (Snowboarding): Cheever is from Saugus and began his snowboarding career at Nashoba Valley when he was eight years old. He attended UMass Lowell and has been a member of the U.S. Snowboard Team for 12 years.

 

Ryan Donato (Men’s Hockey): Currently attending Harvard, Donato is from Scituate and was drafted by the bruins in 2014. His father, Ted Donato, played for the Men’s Hockey team in the 1992 Winter Olympics. He plays center and this will be the 21-year-old’s first Olympics.

 

Kali Flanagan (Women’s Hockey): is from Burlington and attended Boston College where she played for the Women’s Hockey team. Flanagan participated in the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship and will be playing defense for the Olympic team.

 

Meghan Duggan (Women’s Hockey): is a forward and another three time olympian who hails from Danvers. She won two silver Olympic medals - one in Sochi in 2014 and the other in 2010 in Vancouver. She currently plays for the Boston Pride in the WNHL.