The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will see a United States hockey team that is missing a couple of big names that were expected to be on the roster. On Jan. 1, 2014, USA Hockey revealed the full 25-player roster that will make up the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at Michigan Stadium before a world-record crowd.
Oddly enough, Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators and Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets were both left off the roster. Johnson has been a fixture on the U.S. international teams dating back to his teams, but unless they are added as injury replacements, they won't be playing in Sochi.
"We did not pick the 25 best players," general manager David Poile said. "We picked the 25 players we thought gave us a chance to win the gold medal."
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will lead the team, and he believes that the Americans have a very good chance at winning the gold. It would be the team's first gold medal since the "Miracle on Ice" victory back in 1980.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team roster has 14 forward, eight defensemen, and three goaltenders:
At Sochi, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler.
John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans
Goalies will be Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, and Jimmy Howard.