Updated: January 1st, 2014 7:16pm
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are named to Team USA for Sochi Olympics

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are named to Team USA for Sochi Olympics

by Derek Wetmore
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USA Hockey on Wednesday announced the roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Wild forward Zach Parise and Ryan Suter made the squad.

Here's the rest of the list:



David Backes

Dustin Brown

Ryan Callahan

Patrick Kane

Ryan Kessler

Phil Kessel

T.J. Oshie

Max Pacioretty

Joe Pavelski

Paul Stastny

Derek Stepan

James van Riemsdyk

Blake Wheeler



John Carlson

Justin Faulk

Cam Fowler

Paul Martin

Ryan McDonagh

Brooks Orpik

Kevin Shattenkirk


Ryan Miller

Jonathan Quick

Jimmy Howard

Wild forward Jason Pominville is one of the notable snubs for the American team. The team's first game is scheduled for Feb. 13 against Slovakia.

Here's what ESPN.com hockey analysts Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun had to say about Suter and Parise.

Burnside: Parise did it all for the New Jersey Devils, where he was captain. He does it all for the Minnesota Wild and will be counted on to do it all for the Americans in Sochi. He's the kind of player whose importance stretches far beyond the score sheet, although he'll start on the left side on one of the team's top two lines.

Suter easily leads all NHL players in average ice time per game for the Wild, and he'll do the same at the Olympics. Look for him to play with Paul Martin and anchor a defense that has lots of youth.

LeBrun: There's concern, obviously, with the star winger being on injured reserve with an injured foot. Such an important cog at both ends of the ice for Team USA, both on PP and PK. He needs to be healthy and ready to go. He was dynamic in Vancouver in 2010, and at a young age.

Team USA's No. 1 blueliner will lead the Olympic team in ice time just like he does for Minnesota. Suter will be an absolute workhorse in Sochi.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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