January 02, 2014

Team USA Name Men's, Women's 2014 Olympic Teams

USA Hockey named both the Men's and Women's Olympic hockey teams for the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

Needless to say the Kessel family is very happy (though likely not too surprised). Phil Kessel, the electrifying sharpshooter of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be asked to lead the Men's team to Olympic gold. Meanwhile his sister Amanda will - in very similar fashion - try to do the same on the ladies side.

Here are the men's and women's rosters.

Here's some interesting notes regarding the men's team:
  • 13 of the 25 players selected have previous Olympic experience. The 2010 silver medal winning team only had 3 previous Olympians.
  • The average player is 6'1" 203lbs and 27 years old.
  • Goaltender Ryan Miller is the oldest player at age 33. Defenseman Justin Faulk is the youngest at age 21.
  • Eight players hail from Minnesota and five come from New York. A total of eight states are represented. 
  • The New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues are well represented on Team USA, supplying three players each.
  • Twenty of the 25 players come from US college hockey, with the University of Wisconsin leading the way with four players and the University of Minnesota with three players.
  • Every American player selected has worn the national team jersey at some point in the past. They have played a combined 632 international game and captured 38 medals at various tournaments.
  • Ryan Suter is the most experienced player with 64 international games, followed by Kessel (53) and Dustin Brown (52).
  • Suter is the only player with family connections to previous Olympics. His father Bob played on the 1980 Miracle on Ice Team, while his uncle Gary played on the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
  • While the team captain and alternates will be announced later, general manager David Poile firmly established David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as his leadership group.
  • The USA roster includes 15 first round picks, 6 second round picks and 1 third, fourth, fifth and seventh round NHL draft choice. Joe Pavelski is the lowest picks (205th overall in 2003).
Here are some interesting notes regarding the US Women's hockey team:

  • 11 of the female players have previous Olympic experience. Julie Chu leads the way as this will be her fourth Olympics.
  • 18 of the 21 players were part of the gold medal winning team at last years World Championship.
  • Notable family relationships are Kessel, Alex Carpenter (daughter of former NHLer Bobby Carpenter)
  • Chu is the oldest player at 31 years, 10 months. She is the oldest player to ever represent USA Women's hockey at the Olympics. Lee Stecklein is the youngest at 19 years, nine months.
  • The average age is 23.8 years old. 
  • 10 different states are represented, with Massachusetts leading the way with 5 players.
  • Katey Stone was named as head coach back in June, 2012. She will be the first female head coach of a USA Olympic women's hockey team. 

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