Winter Olympics 2014 – USA Mens Ice Hockey Team Roster Announced At Winter Classic

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In the aftermath of the 2014 Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto, the USA Olympic roster was announced, just as it was after the 2010 game.

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Kids came to the ice each wearing a jersey with the name of player that was named in the squad. With the exception of the players who were at the game. Namely, Phil Kessel, James Van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jimmy Howard from the Detroit Red Wings.
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Whilst there wasn’t any real surprises of those included, it was those that missed out that showed the strength of the USA squad going to Sochi.
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Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson and Keith Yandle were all left out and would likely be the first names to be brought in should there be any injuries between now and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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In fact, the biggest surprise was that Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard was chosen at all. The Detroit man has been in patchy form at best, seemingly picked on reputation over the past few seasons than his form in this.
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Ben Bishop could maybe have been a better option to back up Jonathan Quick, who will likely start most games and Ryan Miller.
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It is a fine looking team that should be looking to get to the gold medal game come the end of the two weeks, anything less than that will be seen as a huge disappointment for the US.
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The USA Men’s Winter Olympic Hockey Team for Sochi 2014 in Full:

USA Hockey 2014 Olympic Portraits

The Winter Olympics 2014 USA Mens Ice Hockey Team Roster

Goalies

Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Forwards

David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackahwks
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Defensemen

John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonough, New York Rangers
Brooks Oprik, Pittsburgh Pegnuins
Kevin Shattenkik, St. Louis Blues
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

There has been a few surprises with this 2014 roster with players like Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators not making the cut. What has been your biggest surprises good or bad?

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Published on Jan 02, 2014 by hockeycommunity