McLaughlin named to U.S. Olympic hockey team – Lowell Sun


The kid who first began skating at the Hallenborg Memorial Pavillion when he was 3 years old is headed to the Olympics.

North Billerica native Marc McLaughlin has been named to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team which will compete at the Winter Games in Beijing, China.

The 22-year-old is a senior at Boston College and a two-time captain of the Eagles. With the National Hockey League opting to not send professional players to the Olympics, spots opened up for players like McLaughlin, a former Cushing Academy standout.

McLaughlin is one of 15 current college players on the U.S. roster. One of them is his BC teammate, defenseman Drew Helleson.

Two forwards from Harvard, Nick Abruzzese and Sean Farrell, were also named to the team. Hingham native Matty Beniers, a star at the University of Michigan, was also selected.

Long a terrific defensive player, McLaughlin has been a point-a-game player at BC over the last two seasons.

He broke out offensively as a junior, netting 24 points in 24 games. McLaughlin was a major reason the Eagles were ranked No. 1 in the country much of last season.

This season he has 14 goals and 20 points in 19 games. In 116 career games at BC, he has 33 goals and 64 points. He was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward following last season.

A leader at every level he’s played at, McLaughlin is a rare two-time collegiate captain.

The 6-foot, 205-pound McLaughlin is one of the few players on the U.S. Olympic team not drafted by an NHL team. He is the son of Walter and Jill McLaughlin.

Former Boston University coach David Quinn has been named the U.S. head coach.

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