United States Hockey Team Announcement Following Great Winter Classic

By Phil Naegely
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

In what has turned into a a cherished and spectacular New Year’s Day tradition, the 2014 Winter Classic continued that standard. Being held at Michigan Univeristy’s football stadium, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout. In a picturesque and action-packed game, NHL and NBC did a great job of preparing hockey fans for the Sochi Olympics.

During the second intermission, the USA women’s team was announced, while the men’s team was revealed post-game. This decision to announce the Olympic teams during the match builds up the momentum and excitement ahead of Feburary’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The following NHL players were announced:

Jonathan Quick    Goalie    Los Angeles Kings
Jimmy Howard    Goalie    Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Miller    Goalie    Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Suter    Defenseman    Minnesota Wild
Keith Yandle    Defenseman    Phoenix Coyotes
Ryan McDonagh    Defenseman    New York Rangers
Kevin Shattenkirk    Defenseman    Colorado Avalanche
Brooks Orpik    Defenseman    Pittsburgh Penguins
Cam Fowler    Defenseman    Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin    Defenseman    Pittsburgh Penguins
Justin Faulk    Defenseman    Carolina Hurricanes
Zach Parise    Forward    Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski    Forward    San Jose Sharks
Patrick Kane    Forward    Chicago Blackhawks
James Van Riemsdyk    Forward    Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel    Forward    Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Kesler    Forward    Vancouver Canucks
David Backes    Forward    St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown     Forward    Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan    Forward    New York Rangers
Max Pacioretty    Forward    Montreal Canadiens
T.J Oshie    Forward    St. Louis Blues
Derek Stepan    Forward    New York Rangers
Blake Wheeler    Forward    Winnipeg Jets
Paul Stastny    Forward    Colorado Avalanche

While it can be argued some great players were left off the USA team, this team provides them the opportunity to succeed. Specifically, the goalie position is stack with arguable three of the best NHL goalkeepers. On the offensive side, JVR’s call-up culminates a hot two years of hockey.

A great Winter Classic experience was made better by the Olympic call-ups

Tell us who do you think should have made it, or who should have been left off.

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