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U.S. to name Olympic team during Winter Classic

Sep 30, 2013, 5:06 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.
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The American roster for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be unveiled during NBC’s Broadcast of the 2014 Winter Classic, USA Hockey announced on Monday.

The Winter Classic, to be held on Jan. 1 between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at the Big House in Ann Arbor, will provide a tremendous background for what’s expected to be an exciting announcement. The Winter Olympics begin just five weeks after the Winter Classic, and Team USA is expected to bring three goals, eight defensemen and 14 forwards to Russia.

Today, U.S. GM David Poile met with media members and said that “approximately half” of the 2014 squad will be comprised of players that captured silver at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

In August, USA Hockey held an Olympic evaluation camp consisting of 48 invitees, 16 of whom represented America in Vancouver three years ago. They include: Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild), Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Erik Johnson (Colorado Avalanche), Jack Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Ryan Suter (Wild), David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Dustin Brown (Kings), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Bobby Ryan (Ottawa Senators) and Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche).

  1. shamu1the1whale - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Should be a very fun Olympic hockey series to watch! I’m not sure which country will win this year. Any thoughts?

    • jessejames182 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      The Swedes will be talked about I’m sure, after winning some of the other world tournaments. US definitely has some talent to throw around, and Canada always has some. I think Sweden and Russia will be interesting apart from the North American teams, maybe Czech too.

      • shamu1the1whale - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Good points… especially with the larger ice surface in Sochi, it’ll be really interesting to watch how this all plays out!! I’m totally stoked for a great Olympics next Feb.! (That said, Go Team USA!!)

      • tcclark - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:25 AM

        Where’s the love for Finland? Rask, Rinne, and Niemi are all better goalie options than Canada has and they have an experienced group of players. Plus Finland has medaled in 5 of the last 7 olympic games. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it 6 of the last 8.

      • jessejames182 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        I dunno if goalies can win the game as much, with that larger ice (which I forgot, thanks shamu) skill guys can have a greater impact. Maybe a Northern Europe team can have a better chance because they’re used to playing in those rinks. Or maybe the NHLers will explode with the extra breathing room.

  2. nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    geez jesse, I’m impressed with your really gutsy guesses, but you forgot about Norway and Denmark.

    • jessejames182 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Though I might seem well versed in global affairs, I don’t really know stuff.

  3. budzo83 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    As much as I would love to see USA Hockey build on their Silver Medal from 2010, history dictates that that will not happen. Since the pros were allowed to play in the Games starting in 1998, Canada and the US have both been non-factors on international ice; in ’98 and ’06 they both failed to medal while those tournaments were held on the larger ice surface. Of couse in ’02 and ’10 they finished 1-2 when both tournaments were played in North America.

    That being said, I hope I’m wrong. Unlike the dinosaurs that took the ice in Torino in ’06, the current edition of Team USA (the core that will be returning, anyway) is built to skate which should serve them well on the bigger ice… No “Hooks” Orpik, please.

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