If you are a hockey fan in the United States you can probably recall the story of the Miracle on Ice. There is a sense of pride and joy associated with that game. With the addition of NHL players to the Olympic games the miracle can not be recreated. However, that doesn’t mean that the pride has gone. This 2014 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Sochi, Russia this coming February.
No players will take the ice, this meeting is more of an opportunity for coaches and players to get to know each other, a meet and greet to strategize for gold. It would be great for players to get some ice time, but the is a high price to pay in order for that to happen.
There won’t be any on-ice sessions for the players at the Washington Capitals‘ practice facility because of the prohibitive costs of insuring their NHL contracts. -NHL.com
This years team will have a young defensive core, and a goaltending battle.
Defense: It is expected that the USA roster will have only 7 defencemen over the age of 25
Goaltending: Who will man the net? This year there will be a battle for starting goaltender. There are big names fighting for the honor of being the starting goaltender in Sochi. ( Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, Cory Schneider and Craig Anderson,) Returning starting goalie Ryan Miller will be in Virginia this week. Any of these five could take charge, but I think Miller may have the edge based on his performance in 2010.
The United States Hockey team was picked by people who know the game, and know the NHL players invited to battle with the worlds best.
Meet the men in charge of this years team. (VIA NHL.com):
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile leads the group charged with selecting the American team; it includes fellow NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings) and Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins), and former GM Brian Burke. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was picked to coach the team, and his assistants will be Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato.