It is getting closer to decision time for United States general manager David Poile and his staff as they choose a roster that will travel to the 2014 Sochi Olympics with gold-medal expectations.
Poile spoke Thursday about the selection procedure, which is nearing its final stages. The team will be announced Jan. 1 at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
"The whole process of putting this team together has been fascinating and a fabulous experience for all of us," Poile said. "When you work in a committee situation with my associate GM Ray Shero and Brian Burke, who was the GM in 2010, and five other general managers, you can't believe the diversity of opinions on players and the formation of a team. It is a unique experience that is almost indescribable."