BC Olympians Ready to Go for Gold
ByTwo former and two current Boston College student-athletes will be going for the gold as members of Team USA in the upcoming Winter Olympics to be held Feb. 12 through Feb. 28 in Vancouver.
Brooks Orpik, a member of BC’s class of 2001, will be a defenseman on the US men’s hockey team; former BC lacrosse player Tyler Jewell ’99, is regarded as one of Team USA’s top medal contenders in the snowboarding competition; and forward Kelli Stack and goaltender Molly Schaus – both members of the Class of 2010 – will compete with the US women’s hockey team.
Orpik, a native of East Amherst, NY, was a member of the Boston College team that won the 2001 NCAA Hockey Championship. He currently plays for the NHL’s Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jewell, a Sudbury native who also competed in the 2006 Olympics for Team USA, will compete in the alpine racing division of the snowboarding competition. A former lacrosse player at Boston College, Jewell took up competitive snowboarding after graduation, and has become one of the world’s elite racers in the fast-growing sport.
Stack, who came to Boston College from Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, was one of college hockey’s top scorers last winter with 59 points in 35 games. She was named Hockey East Player of the Year and won Hockey East All-Star honors for the third consecutive season.
Schaus, of Natick, was the second-ranked goaltender in college hockey last season with a dazzling .938 save percentage and 10 shutouts. She was a first-team Hockey East All-Star and Hockey East Academic All-Star.