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US Men’s Olympic Team To Be Announced At Xcel Dec. 19

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

USA Hockey To Name 2006 Men’s Olympic Team Dec. 19

Announcement To Be Made In St. Paul, Live on OLN Prior To Dallas-Minnesota Game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that it will unveil its 2006 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team on Monday, Dec. 19, in St. Paul, Minn.

The roster announcement will be made as part of the Outdoor Life Network’s live telecast of the Dallas at Minnesota National Hockey League game from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

"We’re extremely pleased to not only bring the excitement associated with the announcement of our men’s Olympic team to fans across America through the NHL’s broadcast partner in OLN, but also incorporate a live in-arena component to the announcement in front of some of the best hockey fans in the world," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

Dr. Mike Emrick and John Davidson, OLN’s top broadcast team and also the two men that will provide play-by-play and color commentary for NBC’s coverage of men’s ice hockey during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, will reveal the 23-man roster live from the ice surface at the Xcel Energy Center beginning at 7:05 p.m. CST. Emrick and Davidson will be joined on the ice by Don Waddell, general manager of Team USA and also the executive vice president and general manager of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and Paul Holmgren, assistant general manager of Team USA and also assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Team USA is coming off a silver-medal performance in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Notes: Peter Laviolette, a two-time Olympian (1988, 1994) and the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, is the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Mike Sullivan, head coach of the Boston Bruins and Keith Allain, goaltending coach of the St. Louis Blues, are Laviolette’s assistants . . . A teleconference for media members will be conducted beginning at 7:20 p.m. CST with Waddell, Holmgren and Laviolette participating. Details will be provided to the media later in December.

USA Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule * 2006 Olympic Winter Games

Date                                    Opponent                Venue                     Time (Local/EST)
Wednesday., Feb. 15      Latvia                        Palasport                9:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16            Kazakhstan             Espo                        9:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18             Slovakia                  Espo                         8:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.
Sunday., Feb. 19              Sweden                   Espo                         5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.
Tuesday., Feb. 21            Russia                     Palasport                 8:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22       Quarterfinals           Espo/Palasport      TBA
Friday, Feb. 24                  Semifinals               Palasport                TBA
Saturday, Feb. 25             Bronze-Medal Gm  Palasport                8:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26               Gold-Medal Gm      Palasport                2:00 p.m./8: 00 a.m.
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