Last Saturday the United States announced the roster for the upcoming Olympic Games after the Winter Classic in Boston. One of the things that is immediately obvious is the lack of veterans present on the team. Gone are US team stalwarts like Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Chris Chelios. Now the team will be led by players like Patrick Kane, Erik Johnson, and Phil Kessel.
Only three players have past Olympic experience, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, and Jamie Langenbrunner. The other 20 are first timers. I’m hoping that can work as an advantage for the young team. Maybe they won’t necessarily realize the magnitude of the task at hand. There shouldn’t be much pressure on them as they US has only won a medal once since 1980′s Miracle on Ice.