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Olympic roster deadline set for Dec. 31

Jul 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

Goalie Ryan Miller of the United States looks on during warm ups against the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Canada and USA on day 10 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 21, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
(February 20, 2010 - Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

On Friday, NHL players learned they’ll be eligible for selection for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

They also learned how long they’ll have to impress their respective selection committees.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, roster submissions are to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2013 — a provisional list of 22 skaters and three goalies.

Prior to that, countries are required to submit “long lists” of candidates by Oct. 1, though the names on the long lists will not be made public.

While the NHL has yet to release it’s 2013-14 schedule, play usually begins in the opening week of October (during the last Olympic year, games began on Oct. 1, 2009.)

This would give players nearly three full months of play — approximately 40 games — to audition for spots.

Here’s more, from the IIHF:

All participating national associations will submit their “long lists” of rosters on October 1, 2013 (both men’s and women’s) while on the men’s side there will be an additional no-later-than December 31, 2013 deadline of submission of provisional 22 skaters and 3 goaltenders playing rosters. The October 1 “long lists” will not be made public.

The final and official playing rosters will be registered at the Olympic tournament directorate meetings, one day before the start of the respective events. On the women’s side the final roster registration will be on February 7, 2014, the men’s registration on February 11, 2014.

The February roster date is likely for last-second changes.

At the Vancouver games in 2010, there was a clause in place stating that if a player from the 23-man roster got injured between Jan. 1 and the start of the Olympic tournament, he could be replaced up until the eve of the first game (on Feb. 16.)

In 2010, American defensemen Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek were both named to the provisional roster, but later forced to miss the tournament due to injury. They were replaced by Ryan Whitney and Tim Gleason.

  1. jimw81 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    i wonder if team usa will give tim thomas an invite to camp.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      In theory I would just to see if you could find lightning in a bottle. But, honestly, USA doesn’t exactly have a shortage of quality goalies. Maybe an invite, but I highly doubt he makes the team.

  2. pizzaman77 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Funny how they used a picture of Ryan Miller for the picture…hard to believe he’ll get an invite this time around

    • tightbutth0le - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      He’s a dark horse. I’d rather have in this order, Quick, Schneider, Howard

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Can’t see why someone would thumb that down. Looks like a reasonable list to me

      • ntvd7 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Great list but it’s all about Quick

        The kid’s got it

      • btlpper68 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        More like quick Howard and Anderson SCHINDER has proved nothing

    • tcclark - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Jonathan Quick is the best American goalie, but I’d rather have the guy that took us to the gold medal game in net if he’s playing up to his ability. Experience is everything.

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    The name on this list doesn’t help. And I expect Miller would make the team over Howard, right or wrong.

    • kcbruinsfan - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      I don’t think so. Miller hasn’t played well since the 2010 Olympics and NHL season. Past several years have been a struggle. Howard has played well and carried the Wings to a Game 7 OT series against the Hawks this year. Solid play in the post-season and regular season. Think Quick is the starter with Howard and Anderson on the roster.

  4. yougotgirouxed - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Cant wait for Olympic Hockey. So much fun to watch.

    • tcclark - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Who would thumbs this down?

  5. pizzaman77 - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    To all those who gave me the “thumbs down” for my comment: I’ve been a Miller fan since day 1. He’s struggled (along with the whole Sabres team) the past few years. There are other goaltenders that are younger and have performed better recently than he has. Sad but true. Though I would absolutely love it if he made the team again.

  6. mattyg89 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Who do you see as being the Canadian goalies? Can’t see them leaving Crawford off that list

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Jonathan quick , jimmy Howard , are the most deserving in my opinion

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