The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce that two direct league alumni have been named to the roster for Team USA’s Men’s Hockey entry at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, set to begin Feb. 4 and conclude on Feb. 20.
Strauss Mann and Sean Farrell both played at the Midget level for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers and Boston Junior Bruins, respectfully, before moving on to other junior hockey routes, NCAA Division I hockey and - in Mann’s case - the professional hockey ranks. This will be the first time representing the U.S. at the Olympics for both players, and MAnn’s first time representing the U.S. in an international tournament.
Strauss Mann, Goaltender
Mann, a 1998-born native of Greenwich, Conn., joined the former Connecticut Yankees in the inaugural season of the USPHL, 2013-14, playing seven games that season. He came back the next season when the team became known in their current form as the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. He played in 14 USPHL 18U games that year, posting a .910 save percentage.
From the Rangers, he played three seasons of prep and USHL hockey before starting his NCAA hockey career with the University of Michigan in 2018-19. He experienced massive success in his final two seasons in Ann Arbor, being named to the Big Ten’s Best Goaltender and First Team All-Conference in 2019-20. The next year, 2020-21, he was a team captain along with being named Big Ten Second Team All-Conference.
He moved on to pro hockey for 2021-22, playing for Skelleftea HK in Sweden, where he’s gone 9-4-0, posting a 1.77 goals against average and a .930 in his rookie pro year.
Sean Farrell, Forward
Farrell, a 2001-born native of Hopkinton, Mass., joined the Junior Bruins for a season of USPHL 16U roster in 2015-16. He played in 30 games and registered 35 points, along with two goals in two playoff games.
After a prep season, he was named to the USA National Team Development Program’s Under-17 squad in 2017-18. He made his international tournament debut that year, playing in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, winning Gold. The next year, while a member of the NTDP’s U18 team, he played in the World Junior Under-18 Championships, where Team USA took home Bronze.
In 2019-20, he joined the USHL’s Chicago Steel, setting the league mark that year for most assists (41). But he blew even that out of the Lake Michigan water the next year. He was named the USA Hockey Junior Player Of The Year for 2020-21. With the Steel, he was a First Team USHL All-Star, USHL Player Of The Year, a Clark Cup Champion, and he led the league in assists (72) and points (101). He added 10 points in eight playoff games en route to the Clark Cup title.
This year, he is with Harvard University, where he had 19 points in 13 games before being named to the Team USA roster.
Best of luck to Strauss Mann, Sean Farrell and all of our Team USA athletes at the Winter Olympics in Beijing!