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An in-depth look at the United States Olympic hockey roster

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Following the 2014 Winter Classic on Wednesday, the roster that will represent the United States in hockey at the Winter Olympics next month was announced.

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The 25-person roster consists of 13 forwards, eight defenseman and three goaltenders. 13 of the players named also represented the U.S. at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

"There's a lot of guys that can skate well, and I think that is huge," said forward James van Riemsdyk. "Going over on the bigger ice, there is 15 extra feet to work with. We have a lot of guys with international experience and played on the bigger surface, whether it is stuff like that or guys playing in college on the bigger sheets. When you have that familiarity to it, it definitely makes it easier to go over there and adjust to it."

The team was selected by general manager David Poile and his selection committee; which included Brian Burke, Stan Bowman, Ray Shero, Dean Lombardi, Paul Holmgren and Dale Tallon. They will be coached by Pittsburgh bench boss Dan Bylsma.

"This is second time I've done this because I did this with Brian Burke [as general manager] in 2010 and all I can say is we did not have these decisions, anywhere close to these decisions to make this year [four years ago]," said Poile. "If I can say this the right way, this is the first time we're having to make similar decisions that Canada has made for years. We're leaving off top, top, top players."

Some of the surprising omissions were Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Bobby Ryan (all of whom represented the U.S. in 2010); as well as Brandon Saad, Ben Bishop and Keith Yandle.

The remaining countries must submit their rosters by Jan. 7. Teams can name any necessary injury replacements up until two hours before the first game of the tournament starts. This could be vital for the U.S.; as seven of the players named to the squad have been battling injuries.

Continue reading for profiles on all the players selected for Team USA.



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