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2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Men’s Hockey Roster Predictions: Team USA


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Zach Parise and team USA teammates celebrate his game tying goal in the gold medal final at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Team USA came painstakingly close to upsetting the Canadian Olympic squad in their own backyard during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Zach Parise gave them the opportunity to write a legendary overtime ending to what would have been unthinkable to most Canadian hockey fans. Parise’s goal was scored with 24 seconds remaining in the 3rd period resulting in a 2-2 tie, and then overtime. We all know the result of the events that would transpired in overtime, so I won’t twist the knife any further.

Looking forward towards the 2014 version of the U.S Olympic hockey team should give fans reason to believe that it could be their year.The U.S Olympic teams have never had the offensive star power that the Canadian’s and Russian’s have had over the years. Rarely will they ice more then 2 or 3 truly dynamic offensive powerhouses the likes of Crosby, Stamkos and Grioux, or Malkin, Ovechkin and Kovalchuk. 2014 will be no different with returnee’s Zach Parise and Patrick Kane looking to be the two most dangerous offensive threats on the roster. This has never stopped the U.S from being successful in this tournament in the past. 2 silver medals in the last 3 Olympic games is nothing to scoff at. There appears to be no shortage of character, grit, size, speed and leadership on the rosters Cousin Ian and I are projecting, so lets take a close look at who we feel will be wearing the red, white and blue this winter in Sochi!

Cousin Ian’s Team USA Roster

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Forwards

Zach Parise – Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane

Bobby Ryan – Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

James Van Riemsdyk – Joe Pavelski –  Phil Kessel

Max Pacioretty – David Backes – Dustin Brown

Brandon Saad – T.J Oshie

Defensemen

Ryan Suter – Ryan McDonaugh

Kevin Shattenkirk - Keith Yandle

Jack Johnson – Zach Bogosian

Matt Carle - Jon Carlson

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick

Craig Anderson

Jimmy Howard

Tim’s Team USA Roster

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Forwards

Zach Parise – Joe Pavalski – Patrick Kane

Bobby Ryan – Derek Stepan – Phil Kessel

Alex Galchenyuk – Ryan Kesler – Dustin Brown

Max Pacioretty – David Backes – Ryan Callahan

Paul Stastny – T.J Oshie

Defensemen

Ryan Suter – Ryan McDonaugh

Keith Yandle – Brooks Orpik

Zach Bogosian – Matt Carle

Kevin Shattenkirk – Jon Carlson

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick

Craig Anderson

Ryan Miller

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