Hoff, a native of Oslo, will become the 29th UND product to compete in men's hockey at the Winter Olympics and the first to represent Norway. Earlier this month, former UND All-America defenseman Chay Genoway was selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
"That was good news to wake up to," said Hoff. "Obviously I’m very honored. It’s a childhood dream come true. I don't think I’ve really processed the whole thing yet. I’m obviously really happy."
In 19 games this season, Hoff has two goals and four assists and has won 53 percent of his faceoffs. Last season, Hoff registered four goals and 12 assists in 36 games as a freshman and was named to both the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Academic All-Conference Team and Scholar-Athlete Team.
The 12-team Olympic men's hockey tournament will be held from Feb. 14-25.
"Growing up in your home country, you strive to play for the national team at any level. To play on the Olympic stage is the ultimate goal and I'm very happy for him," said UND head coach Brad Berry.
Additionally, six former UND women's hockey players were also selected to represent their respective countries in Pyeongchang: Johanna Fällman (Sweden), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (USA), Monique Lamoureux-Morando (USA), Michelle Karvinen (Finland), Emma Nuutinen (Finland) and Susanna Tapani (Finland),
Also of note, former UND Athletics intern Andy Parr will serve as production engineer for NBC Sports' broadcast coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
UND Men's Hockey Olympians:
|1952||Oslo, Norway||John Noah||USA||Silver|
|1956||Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy||Gordon Christian||USA||Silver|
|1964||Innsbruck, Austria||Tom Yurkovich||USA|
|1968||Grenoble, France||Don Ross||USA|
|1972||Sapporo, Japan||Mike Curran||USA||Silver|
|1980||Lake Placid, N.Y.||Dave Christian||USA||Gold|
|1984||Sarajevo, Yugoslavia||Bob DePiero||Italy|
|1988||Calgary, Canada||Bob Joyce||Canada|
|1992||Albertville, France||Dave Tippett||Canada||Silver|
|1994||Lillehammer, Norway||Greg Johnson||Canada||Silver|
|2002||Salt Lake City, Utah||Ed Belfour||Canada||Gold|
|2006||Turin, Italy||Jason Blake||USA|
|2010||Vancouver, Canada||Zach Parise||USA||Silver|
|2014||Sochi, Russia||T.J. Oshie||USA|
|2018||Pyeongchang, South Korea||Chay Genoway||CAN|