2014 Winter Olympics U.S. Men's Hockey Player Profile: Kevin Shattenkirk

By Brian Skinnell
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For Kevin Shattenkirk, he’s led several teams in their search for a championship. Whether it be in international play like the U18 World Championships or back here in the states in college, he’s a leader on the ice. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the United States are hoping that that leader shows up in full force.

Shattenkirk grew up in New Rochelle, New York. In 2007, he played on the silver medal winning USA squad in the IIHF U18 Championships in Tampere. In seven games, he scored five points including one goal. He was named a first team All-Star for his efforts in the tournament. After that, he then left for college.

The defenseman took his talents to Boston University in the Hockey East League where he improved his craft and thrived. Eventually becoming the captain, he scored 78 points with 18 goals in 121 games spanning his three seasons, He was named to the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in 2007-08 and the All-Hockey East Second Team in 2008-09. That same season, he was also a NCAA East Second Team All-American.

In 2007, he was selected No. 14 overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. After finishing his third year at Boston University, he signed his entry-level contract and was sent their AHL affiliate, Lake Erie Monsters. In 2010, he made his NHL debut for the Avalanche.

That same season he was part of a trade with the St. Louis Blues that included a total of four players and two draft picks. In 209 games with the Blues, he’s tallied 85 points including 25 goals. This season alone, he’s tallied 36 points with eight goals.

When the U.S. Olympic team takes to the ice in Sochi, Russia they’ll have a pretty solid set of defenders, and Kevin Shattenkirk only makes that bunch better.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for RantSports.com and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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