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Olympics: USA Finalizes Hockey Rosters
BY LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Bobby Ryan helped the U.S. to the silver medal in the 2010 Olympics.

Unless Ryan gets a spot for the Sochi Games to replace an injured player, he will not have a chance to help the Americans go for gold.

The U.S. Olympic hockey team was announced Wednesday after Toronto's shootout victory over Detroit in the NHL Winter Classic.

"We did not pick the 25 best players," general manager David Poile said. "We picked the 25 players we thought gave us a chance to win the gold medal."

Ryan was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster. Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson, a pair of defensemen who played in the Vancouver Games, also didn't make the cut.

Jimmy Howard, who couldn't make enough stops to help the Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs, appears to be the Americans' third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.

At Sochi, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler. John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans.




Miller was named MVP of the ice hockey tournament at the Vancouver Games, but he wasn't a lock to keep a spot because Quick, one of many players on the team who has been injured this season, has been perhaps the world's best at stopping shots the past two seasons. Howard, Schneider, Gibson, Tim Thomas and Craig Anderson also were options for the selection committee.

To play to their potential, a lot of banged-up players will have to get healthy this month and stay that way through February.

Players who could've potentially been on the team, but weren't selected include: Ben Bishop, Keith Yandle, Kyle Okposo, Cory Schneider, Brandon Saad and Dustin Byfuglien.

WOMEN'S TEAM: It was a big day for the Kessel family.

Right after Amanda Kessel was named to the USA women's hockey team, her brother Phil -- a forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs -- earned a place on the U.S. men's team.

Amanda Kessel, 21, will be heading to her first Olympics. She was the top scorer in the NCAA last season with 101 points in 37 games while leading the Minnesota Golden Gophers to the national championship and earning the Patty Kazmaier award as the top player in NCAA women's hockey.

"We'd like to play a very up-tempo game, so that's really what the profile of our roster looks like," coach Katey Stone said. "Amanda fits into that style very well."

The women's team has seven defensemen, 11 forwards and includes three goaltenders: Jesse Vetter, Molly Schaus and Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle, all of whom have Olympic experience. The other players with Olympic experience include Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin and Kelli Stack.

Chu is the oldest player at 31 and Lee Steckline the youngest at 19.

Canada has won the last three Olympic titles. The Americans and Canadians are the favorites to meet again in the gold medal game on Feb. 20. The two North American hockey powers have won every world championship and every Olympic gold medal since the sport was added to the Winter Games in Nagano in 1998.







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