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2014 Olympics

'Pure joy' for Ducks' Fowler with Olympic roster spot

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 10:11 AM / 2014 Olympics

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

It seemed appropriate that Cam Fowler learned of his selection to the United States Olympic team while he watched the broadcast of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

As has become tradition, kids wearing jerseys of the chosen players for the team skated onto the ice one-by-one following the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-2 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.

"I found out on TV," Fowler said. "When I saw the little kid with my jersey on TV."

Fowler always has had a kid's enthusiasm for the game, and he sounded like one when he spoke of his nerves leading up to Wednesday, when the American team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was named.

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Mix of veterans, youth highlight U.S. Olympic team

Wednesday, 01.01.2014 / 8:46 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Four years ago the United States team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics was young and inexperienced at the highest international level.

The team named Wednesday by USA Hockey for the 2014 Sochi Olympics will not carry the same stigma heading into the tournament next month. Thirteen members of the silver-medal winning squad from Vancouver was named to the 25-man roster, which was announced on the Michigan Stadium ice surface after the Bridgestone 2014 NHL Winter Classic.

"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]," United States general manager David Poile said after the Winter Classic. "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."

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USA Hockey announces women's Olympic team

Wednesday, 01.01.2014 / 4:08 PM / 2014 Olympics

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- USA Hockey announced the roster for the women's Olympic team that will compete for gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The team's players were introduced following the second period of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The United States has not won gold in the Olympic women's tournament since the Nagano Games in 1998. The team's effort to reclaim gold is led by 22-year-old forward Amanda Kessel. The younger sister of Toronto Maple Leafs wing Phil Kessel, Amanda Kessel enjoyed a standout sophomore season at the University of Minnesota last year. She led to the Gophers to a perfect season and NCAA championship before being named the winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey.

Three weeks after being named the top player in women's college hockey, Kessel scored the winning goal against Canada to help the United States capture the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship.

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Olympic Stock Report: Ice size in Sochi a factor

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 9:39 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The big ice is making for some big decisions for the Canadian and American executives because the style of play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be different than what they're used to in North America.

The rink in Sochi will be the international standard 200-feet long by 100-feet wide. That's 15-feet wider than the NHL-size rink, which means there will be an extra 3,000 square feet of ice to cover.

"Size isn't as relevant as it would be in a small game," Canada associate coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. "We're going to play against quicker players than we ever have played against before. We're going to play against players that have great agility, great one-on-one skills. We're going to see lineups that are different than we would play in North America.

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Spots remain up for grabs on Czech Olympic team

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Though Czech Republic coach Alois Hadamczik informed the local media of his intentions to reveal the country's Olympic roster no later than Jan. 7, many spots remain up for grabs at this juncture.

Hadamczik received some bad news this month when it was learned that Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek and San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl each would miss significant time, making their availability for the Olympics a major question mark. In fact, Hadamczik told a Czech media outlet that Hertl will not participate in the 2014 Sochi Games.

Hertl, who needs surgery to repair a right knee injury, is expected to miss at least a month. His absence will be a big blow for the Czech offense considering he leads NHL rookies with 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games.
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Coyotes will vouch for Yandle's Olympic credentials

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has stated his case for a spot on the United States roster at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Since the previous NHL Olympic season in 2009-10, Yandle has 154 points in 166 regular-season games and 14 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Between the 2009-10 season and the current one he was a combined plus-32. He has played in two NHL All-Star Games and is a main reason the Coyotes reached the Western Conference Final in 2012.

Yandle stands fifth among active American-born NHL defensemen with 57 goals and 182 assists in 449 games. Only four American defensemen -- Paul Martin, Ryan Whitney (not currently on an NHL roster), Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Suter, who leads all active American-born blueliners with 292 points in 629 games -- are ahead of Yandle.

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Sweden must fill void on blue line with Edler injury

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 4:22 PM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be announced shortly, but Sweden still has time to make adjustments in an attempt to improve off its fifth-place finish in 2010.

While it's unlikely there will be anything surprising or drastic, injuries could force unforeseen changes.

For instance, Sweden received some bad news earlier this month when Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler sustained an undisclosed injury that will keep him out indefinitely. Edler, who was projected to be in Sweden's top six, has not played since Dec. 3.

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Sweden's goaltending makes it contender for gold

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After a fifth-place finish in Vancouver four years ago, Sweden is hoping to bounce back in a big way at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Several players from the 2010 team will be back, but an influx of young, talented players could be the shot in the arm the Swedes need to contend for what would be their second gold medal in the past three Olympics. The goaltending is arguably the best in the tournament (led by the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist), which automatically gives Sweden a chance to win each game.

The Swedes will need more from the likes of Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, but Alexander Steen has been arguably the most pleasant surprise through the first quarter of the 2013-14 NHL season, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is developing into a Norris Trophy candidate for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Here's a look at who NHL.com believes Sweden should take to Sochi for the 2014 tournament:


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Competition intense for Canadian roster spots

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Arguably no country boasts as many Olympic-caliber players as Canada. Often you'll hear people say the Canadians have enough talent to field at least two teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The rules make that argument moot.

Like the rest of the field, Canada will have 25 players (14 forwards, eight defensemen, three goalies) going for gold in Russia. The rest will be home watching. The task of selecting these players is one of the most difficult in hockey this season because so many factors go in to finding the best 25 out of a large field of deserving candidates.

Canada has a lot of players who are strong skaters, but who are the strongest? The Canadians have plenty of forwards who are responsible with the puck, but which are the most reliable? There are a lot of Canadian centers who can move to the wing, but who can do it without any drop off in their game?
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Biggest questions for Russia could be in net

Wednesday, 12.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Vassili Ossipov - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the roster announcement deadline fast approaching, Russia coach Zinetulla Bilyaletdinov had one last chance to test some of his players from the Kontinental Hockey League and decide who deserves to make the cut for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He did so at the Channel One Cup, a tournament from Dec. 19-22, between major European hockey powers. Russia hosted the event in Sochi at the arena where Olympic hockey tournament will be played.

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