Ryan Callahan looks to positively impact Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics after a disappointing season thus far. The captain of the New York Rangers has been riddled with injuries over the past two seasons, but he plans to be healthy for the trip to Sochi.
Callahan became the captain of the Rangers after Chris Drury retired in 2011. He has since recorded 54 goals and 52 points. Much like Drury, Callahan is known more for his grit and tenacity than his goal-scoring ability. Because of this willingness to play the body and get in front of shots, Callahan often finds himself banged up. However, the player that earned the nickname “Captain America” during the 2010 Winter Olympics is coming back to form just in time for this year’s Olympic Games.
At only 28, Callahan is still fairly young and has a lot left in the tank. The Rochester, New York native has already done so much in his short time in the NHL that people tend to forget that he has only been in the league for seven full seasons. Callahan led Team USA to a Silver Medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and he has also led New York to the playoffs each season that he has been captain.
Ryan Callahan is one of the most exciting players in the NHL when healthy, so hockey fans should be excited to see him in action during the Winter Games. Not only does Callahan have the blue-collar work ethic that is rare in today’s NHL, but he has the ability to score with the best. It is going to be interesting to see how far Captain Callahan can lead Team USA in Sochi.