USA Hockey announces men's Olympic roster
The two biggest American stars from the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game lead the 25-man 2014 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.
Goalie Ryan Miller and forward Zach Parise were among 13 returning Olympians on the team announced at the Winter Classic on New Year's Day. In Sochi, the U.S. will look to improve on a surprise silver-medal performance from Vancouver.
Miller backstopped the U.S.' improbable run to the Vancouver gold-medal game, where Parise scored a game-tying goal with 24 seconds left before Sidney Crosby won it for Canada in overtime.
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"It's very special to represent your country at that magnitude, where everyone's focused watching it," Miller said before the announcement, according to The Associated Press. "For me, it's another chance to play in the tournament where there's a chance to win something. You focus, take it seriously."
Miller or fellow 2010 Olympian Jonathan Quick is expected to start in goal for the U.S., beginning with a group-play game against Slovakia on Feb. 13 at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Jimmy Howard is the third goalie, beating out Ben Bishop, Cory Schneider, Craig Anderson and Tim Thomas for the last spot.
Parise is one of nine returning 2010 Olympic forwards, including Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel. Another 2010 Olympic forward, Bobby Ryan, was perhaps the most surprising omission. Five forwards are first-time Olympians.
A first-time Olympic defenseman is perhaps the best story. Paul Martin was on the 2006 Olympic taxi squad with Miller and Matt Cullen as potential injury replacements but didn't play in Torino. Martin then made the 2010 Olympic team outright but gave way to an injury replacement due to his broken left arm.
As experienced as it is, the U.S. will not include any players with multiple Olympics under their belts for the first time since NHLers were allowed into the Winter Games in 1998.
But it will be vastly more seasoned than the 2010 team, which included three players with prior Olympic experience.
Here's the full roster:
Ryan Miller/Buffalo Sabres -- 2010 Olympian
Jonathan Quick/Los Angeles Kings -- 2010 Olympian
Jimmy Howard/Detroit Red Wings
Brooks Orpik/Pittsburgh Penguins -- 2010 Olympian
Ryan Suter/Minnesota Wild -- 2010 Olympian
John Carlson/Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk/Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler/Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin/Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh/New York Rangers
Kevin Shattenkirk/St. Louis Blues
David Backes/St. Louis Blues -- 2010 Olympian
Dustin Brown/Los Angeles Kings -- 2010 Olympian
Ryan Callahan/New York Rangers -- 2010 Olympian
Patrick Kane/Chicago Blackhawks -- 2010 Olympian
Ryan Kesler/Vancouver Canucks -- 2010 Olympian
Phil Kessel/Toronto Maple Leafs -- 2010 Olympian
Zach Parise/Minnesota Wild -- 2010 Olympian
Joe Pavelski/San Jose Sharks -- 2010 Olympian
Paul Stastny/Colorado Avalanche -- 2010 Olympian
T.J. Oshie/St. Louis Blues
Max Pacioretty/Montreal Canadiens
Derek Stepan/New York Rangers
James van Riemsdyk/Toronto Maple Leafs
Blake Wheeler/Winnipeg Jets