First of all, Happy New Year to all of you. 2013 has had its fair share of ups and downs for yours truly and 2014 is sure to have more of the same. Here’s to you and yours for all the best in the year to come.
The Americans have unveiled their roster for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and as usual there are some surprises. With this group, the U.S. is hoping to shoot for their first Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey in 34 years. The team was officially announced after the Winter Classic today in Michigan.
The roster has a few differences from the group in 2010, with notable players like Bobby Ryan, Erik Johnson and Jack Johnson failing to make the grade this time out. Also on the outside looking in is Dustin Byfuglien.
In goal, the Americans will go with Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard. Miller was in goal in 2010 when the U.S. squad came in second to Canada in Vancouver, so he’ll welcome his shot at redemption.
As far as captains go, the club will select from defenceman Ryan Suter or forwards David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, and Zach Parise.
Five players on the American roster currently play for Canadian teams in the National Hockey League, while a total of eight players are from the state of Minnesota.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero and Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke assembled the group along with USA Hockey management. Dan Bylsma, current coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be behind the bench in Sochi.
For more details on how the roster was named, check out Scott Burnside’s brilliant piece here.
Here is the full roster:
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
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