Obviously there is much more pressure and many more players to choose from, but wouldn’t it have been great if Canada could have announced their Olympic roster at the same time Team U.S.A. was announced at the end of the Winter Classic in Detroit? I have faith in Peterborough Petes grad Steve Yzerman that he and his cronies will do a great job with the Canadian squad.
In the meantime, we have a set U.S.A. roster that includes five grads of the Ontario Hockey League. Three of the five are returnees from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The other two were just members of the United States contingent at the 2010 IIHF World Juniors.
Leadership. Leadership. Leadership. Brown played three years with the Guelph Storm from 2000-01 to 2002-03. Dustin was a second round pick by the Storm at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection. Three years later, his star had risen and Brown was the thirteenth overall pick at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
No stranger to the international stage, Dustin played for the U.S. at the World Juniors in 2002 and 2003. In the first year, the team placed fifth in the tournament and moved up a position the following year. Brown has also played for the Americans at three IIHF World Championships. The team placed third in 2004, sixth in 2008 and fourth in 2009. Dustin played for the States in 2010 when the team walked away with a silver medal.
Dustin Brown is currently in his sixth year as team captain of the Los Angeles Kings.
Teammates with Dustin Brown in 2002-03, Callahan played four years with the Guelph Storm from 2002-03 to 2005-06. Ryan was a lowly 15th round pick by Guelph at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 293rd overall. He was still just a fourth round pick by the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Yet, Callahan is in his third year as captain of the Rangers.
Ryan played for U.S.A. at the 2005 World Juniors with the team placing fourth. In 2010, he played for his country at both the Olympics and World Championships. His silver medal from Vancouver didn’t carry over to the World’s with the U.S. falling to 13th in the spring tournament.
There most likely won’t be a letter on his jersey but Kane will be providing the team with offensive leadership. Patrick is currently on pace for a career year in his seventh year with the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane played just one year in the Ontario Hockey League, 2006-07, with the London Knights. The Knights chose him in the fifth round of the 2004 OHL Priority Selection. In 2007, the Blackhawks took him first overall at the NHL Entry Draft.
Kane played for the Americans at the 2007 WJC, winning a bronze medal. He was also a member of both the Olympic and World Championship teams in 2010.
Another American who spent one great year in the OHL with the London Knights. Carlson played for London in 2008-09 after being drafted 33rd overall at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection. That same spring, John was taken 27th overall by the Washington Capitals.
Carlson’s only appearance with the U.S. came at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. He, and the rest of the team, came away with a gold medal. John is in his fifth year with the Capitals.
Another one year OHL player, Fowler played for the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10. Interestingly, Cam was a first round pick at both the 2007 and 2008 OHL Priority Selection. In 2007, he went 18th overall to the Kitchener Rangers. In 2008, the Spitfires took him 17th overall. The Anaheim Ducks made him a first round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 12th overall.
Fowler played for the gold medal winning U.S.A. team at the 2010 World Juniors. He also played for the Americans at the World Championships in 2011 and 2012. In the first year, the States placed eighth and in the second they moved up one position. 2013-14 is Cam’s fourth year with the Ducks.