Winter Olympic hockey: USA has 'half of roster locked in'

Bruce Bennett

Team USA could have some young players dressing for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

With both North American countries holding Olympic camps this week, discussion about the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been expansive. Hockey Canada says that a majority of its roster has yet to be decided, and USA Hockey apparently has about half of its roster open as well.

Team USA general manager David Poile stated on Tuesday that half of the roster is already locked in, but that there are several spots available for younger players to make the team. Teams will be eligible to carry 25-men for the Olympic games, which means USA Hockey has somewhere between 12 or 13 slots available for players to earn between now and December.

Almost every Olympic management team has expressed that a player's performance during the opening months of the NHL regular season will dictate whether they will be invited to Sochi.

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