Twenty-seven players, including two veterans from the gold medal-winning team from 1980 and four first-round picks from the recent NHL draft, have been named to Team USA. Eventually, Coach Lou Vairo will trim the squad to 20 for the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Forwards John Harrington and Phil Verchota were members of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in Lake Placid; Brian Lawton (picked first overall by the Minnesota North Stars), Pat LaFontaine (third overall, by the New York Islanders), goalie Tom Barrasso (fifth, by the Buffalo Sabres) and David Jensen (20th, by the Hartford Whalers) were first-round picks. Jensen, 17, the leading scorer in the just completed National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, is still in high school, as are Ed Olczyk, at 16 the youngest team member, and defenseman Al Iafrate. For complete team, see "For the Record" . . .
Defenseman Pierre Lacroix of the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League remains in the intensive care unit of Laval Hospital in Quebec City recovering from an operation to repair severe injuries he suffered in an automobile accident last week. Lacroix, 24, underwent a five-hour operation Thursday night to repair a perforated aorta.