Ryan doesn’t make cut for US men’s hockey team
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Bobby Ryan helped the U.S. to the silver medal in the 2010 Winter 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.
Ryan, who has more goals in the NHL this year than all but 10 players, was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster. The Ottawa Senators star has 18 goals this season — trailing just two U.S.-born players — and has scored at least 30 times in four previous NHL seasons.
Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson, a pair of defensemen who played in the Vancouver Games, also didn’t make the cut.
“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.”
And with goaltending and grit, the Americans might have some assets to help them compete with the defending champion Canadians, along with the talented and extremely motivated Russians on their home soil.
In 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.
The three goalkeepers will be Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.
Miller was named the Most Valuable Player of the 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 years.
The Americans, who start Feb. 13 against Slovakia, expect to be a medal contender in Sochi after they were a goal away from knocking off the host Canadians in Vancouver.
The American coach, Dan Bylsma, has been at ease publicly, saying he likes his team’s chances to win gold for the first time since the “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in 1980.
The U.S. women’s team was also announced Wednesday, with 11 returning Olympians on the roster.
Julie Chu, 31, is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already got. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles.
Also making the team was Amanda Kessel, the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, who is on the men’s team.