The United States will bring 22 forwards, defensemen and goaltenders to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics next month. On New Year's Day at the Winter Classic, USA Hockey unveiled the group that will try to improve on the silver medal won at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Ryan Miller is expected to be the starting goaltender, but with another month of NHL action yet to be played until the Games, Jonathan Quick (who had a very rough 2013 calendar year) and Jimmy Howard will have time to continue making their cases. Cory Schneider and Craig Anderson were the other American goaltenders in the running for the roster, but both fell short of the cut.
Forward Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators was the most notable snub up front, while defensemen Jack Johnson, Dustin Byfuglien and Keith Yandle were the biggest snubs from the blue line.
The roster features just 13 players with Olympic experience, but that's much more than the 2010 team, on which just three players entered the Games with Olympic experience.
"We went through a very thorough process to get to today and could not be happier with the team we've selected," Team USA general manager David Poile said in a press release. "We're fortunate to have probably the deepest talent pool we've ever had in our country and that made for some very difficult decisions. In the end, however, we're confident we've selected a group of players that puts us in the best position to have success in Sochi."
Here's the full roster:
|Jimmy Howard||Syracuse, N.Y.||Detroit Red Wings|
|Ryan Miller||East Lansing, Mich.||Buffalo Sabres|
|Jonathan Quick||Milford, Conn.||Los Angeles Kings|
|John Carlson||Colonia, N.J.||Washington Capitals|
|Justin Faulk||South St. Paul, Minn.||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Cam Fowler||Farmington Hills, Mich.||Anaheim Ducks|
|Paul Martin||Minneapolis, Minn.||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Ryan McDonagh||St. Paul, Minn.||New York Rangers|
|Brooks Orpik||San Francisco, Calif.||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Kevin Shattenkirk||New Rochelle, N.Y.||St. Louis Blues|
|Ryan Suter||Madison, Wis.||Minnesota Wild|
|David Backes||Minneapolis, Minn.||St. Louis Blues|
|Dustin Brown||Ithaca, N.Y.||Los Angeles Kings|
|Ryan Callahan||Rochester, N.Y.||New York Rangers|
|Patrick Kane||Buffalo, N.Y.||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Ryan Kesler||Livonia, Mich.||Vancouver Canucks|
|Phil Kessel||Madison, Wis.||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|T.J. Oshie||Warroad, Minn.||St. Louis Blues|
|Max Pacioretty||New Canaan, Conn.||Montreal Canadiens|
|Zach Parise||Minneapolis, Minn.||Minnesota Wild|
|Joe Pavelski||Plover, Wis.||San Jose Sharks|
|Paul Stastny||St. Louis, Mo.||Colorado Avalanche|
|Derek Stepan||Hastings, Minn.||New York Rangers|
|James van Riemsdyk||Middletown, N.J.||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Blake Wheeler||Robbinsdale, Minn.||Winnipeg Jets|
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is the GM of Team USA. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will be behind the bench in Sochi as the head coach of the Americans. Joining him as assistants will be former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards and Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato.
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• Photos from the Big House | Snow in the forecast!
• Some thoughts from Comerica Park
• Alumni Showdown: Red Wings sweep Leafs