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Team USA WCOH Spotlight: The Goaltenders

by Andy Brown / Columbus Blue Jackets

If you haven't yet heard, the World Cup of Hockey makes its return in September after a 12-year absence. Team USA will hold its pre-tournament training camp (and exhibition game against Canada) in Columbus at Nationwide Arena, and to get you properly prepared, we're breaking down the American roster.

First up: the goaltenders.

Team USA head coach John Tortorella, a familiar face for Blue Jackets fans, has depth at all positions but perhaps none more so than between the pipes. He has a two-time Stanley Cup champion and a former Olympian in Jonathan Quick, one of the league's most consistent winners in Ben Bishop and a player who's been near the top of league goaltending for several years in Cory Schneider.

Options are great, but when the tournament begins and there's a short window to win, coaches prefer to go with one guy and let him carry the load. Who could it be?

Ben Bishop | Tampa Bay Lightning

Bishop has been an absolute stud over the last three seasons in particular, racking up a .922 save percentage, allowing a paltry 2.20 goals against average (including a league-leading 2.06 mark this past season) and securing All-Star bids in all three.

He also finished in the top-three for Vezina Trophy voting in both 2013-14 and 2015-16, and has been a big part of Tampa's deep playoff runs the last two seasons (despite battling injuries).

Jonathan Quick | Los Angeles Kings

Quick, a four-time All-Star, has been a model of consistency throughout his nine-year career, all spent with the Kings franchise. He made a name for himself during the 2011-12 season, when he led the league with 10 shutouts and posted a .946 save percentage in the playoffs, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and helping the Kings win their first of two Stanley Cups in a span of three years.

Cory Schneider | New Jersey Devils

Like his counterparts, Schneider is no stranger to the All-Star roster, having been selected four times over the course of his eight-year career. Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and traded to the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2013, Schneider has never finished a season (in which he played more than 10 games) with a save percentage lower than .920, and has compiled 21 shutouts over the last six years.

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