The US Olympic Hockey Team

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.

Here’s the roster breakdown:

Forwards (13)
David Backes
Dustin Brown
Ryan Callahan
Chris Drury
Patrick Kane
Ryan Kesler
Phil Kessel
Jamie Langenbrunner
Ryan Malone
Zach Parise
Joe Pavelski
Bobby Ryan
Paul Stastny
Defensemen (7)
Erik Johnson
Jack Johnson
Mike Komisarek
Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik
Brian Rafalski
Ryan Suter

Goaltenders (3)
Ryan Miller
Jonathan Quick
Tim Thomas

I think the strength of the team lies with the goal tending.  Tim Thomas was last season’s Vezina Trophy winner and Ryan Miller is a very solid backup.  The team is going to rely heavily on Zach Parise, Kane, and Kessel to score goals for them.  The team will certainly have to pull an upset or two in order to bring home a medal, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.  If they can have one or two guys step up and overachieve for the duration of the tournament, then this team could be dangerous.

Of course, they’ll have to contend with Canada’s All-Star team.

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    Never been much of an NHL fan and besides the sport went downhill for me the moment that Bettman decided to shutter it down because of the labor dispute the the players’ union. From thereon in the sport has yet to fully recover.

    But this merely me speaking as an ex-pat Brit residing in the US for the last 17 years plus.

    Alan Parkins

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