Three Rangers Make 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team; Okposo Snubbed
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The U.S. men’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced.
Bobby Ryan didn’t make the cut.
The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.
The New York Islanders’ Kyle Okposo was a close second, left off the team despite being on pace for 80 points this season. He has 15 goals and 25 assists through 41 games.
As you'll learn from coverage by reporters imbedded with USA Hockey, Kyle Okposo never really came close.—
Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) January 01, 2014
Meanwhile, three members of the New York Rangers are heading to Sochi: forwards Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Callahan and Stepan have a combined 38 points on the season.
Jimmy Howard, who couldn’t help Detroit beat Toronto on Wednesday in a shootout, appears to be the Americans’ third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.
At the Sochi Games, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler. John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans.
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