Friday, January 1, 2010

US Olympic Hockey Team Announced

The USA Olympic Team was announced immediately following the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston after the Bruins 2-1 win in Overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers.
GM of US Hockey Brian Burke announced the 23 man roster that will take on the world in Vancouver.

His choice for netminders first starts with Buffalo's Ryan Miller. Miller from East Lansing, Michigan will be the number one choice for the Americans this year with the great numbers he has for the third place Buffalo Sabres. Joining Miller in net will be Boston's Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick from the LA Kings.

The defense features Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings. Rafalski will be joined on the back end by Paul Martin, Ryan Suter, Mike Komisarek, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Amherst, NY native Brooks Orpik of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The forwards feature three men from the great state of New York... South Buffalo native Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Hilton native Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers and Ithica's Dustin Brown of the Kings. Joining them will include former Sabre and current Ranger Chris Drury, Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils, Jamie Langenbrunner, Joe Pavelski, Paul Statsny, Ryan Malone, Phil Kessel, Ryan Kesler, David Backes and Bobby Ryan.

Not joining them will be Mike Modano and Keith Tkachuk, two mainstays on the US squad. Also not being invited were Baldwinsville native Tim Connolly of the Sabres and Oswego born and raised Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes. The young guns of the US will be in very tough company with the Canadians being strong in all aspects and the defending Gold Medal winning Sweeds.