The 2014 Winter Olympics are approaching as fast as the NHL season. With the green light given to NHL players to attend the Olympics, players have already been invited to orientations. Every year each country seems more talented, from the Czech Republic to Mother Russia. Of course the two top dogs share the same border and love for hockey. The United States of America and Canada.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Milan Lucic were all invited to team Canada's orientation and Coach Cluade Julien will be an assistant head coach on team Canada. Unfortunately no American Bruins players made the USA roster. Sorry Krug and Bartkowski, but something tells me Ryan McDonough and Brooks Orpik will do a little better.
As of right now the USA has invited 48 players seen below:
Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), David Backes (St. Louis), Beau Bennett
(Pittsburgh), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Brown (Los Angeles), Ryan
Callahan (New York Rangers), Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal), Kane (Chicago),
Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Trevor Lewis (Los
Angeles), Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Max
Pacioretty (Montreal) , Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim), Zach Parise
(Minnesota), Joe Pavelski (San Jose), Bobby Ryan (Ottawa), Brandon Saad
(Chicago), Craig Smith (Nashville), Paul Stastny (Colorado), Derek
Stepan (New York Rangers), James van Riemsdyk (Toronto), Blake Wheeler
Zach Bogosian (Winnipeg), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), John Carlson
(Washington), Dan DeKeyser (Detroit), Justin Faulk (Carolina), Cam
Fowler (Anaheim), Jake Gardiner (Toronto), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Jack
Johnson (Columbus), Jones (Nashville), Nick Leddy (Chicago), Paul
Martin (Pittsburgh), Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), Brooks Orpik
(Pittsburgh), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Suter (Minnesota), Jacob
Trouba (Winnipeg), Keith Yandle (Phoenix) Goalies
Craig Anderson (Ottawa), Gibson (Anaheim), Jimmy Howard (Detroit),
Miller (Buffalo), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Cory Schneider (New
While many of the guys won't make the cut, we just have to hope coach Dan Bylsma can coach better in the olympics than he did in the Eastern Conference Finals.
(Also. USA's new hockey jerseys? Look awful. Almost like soccer jerseys. C'mon USA Hockey)