USA Hockey today announced the 23-player roster for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Menâ€™s Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the XX Olympic Winter Games Feb. 15-26 in Torino, Italy.
â€œWe are extremely pleased with our team and feel very confident that weâ€™ve put a solid group together that will best put us in a position to compete for the gold medal,â€ said Don Waddell, the general manager of Team USA and also the executive vice president and general manager of the National Hockey Leagueâ€™s Atlanta Thrashers. â€œThe selection process was an extremely difficult one and thatâ€™s a terrific statement for hockey in the United States. It means our talent pool in this country continues to grow.â€
All players on the roster come from NHL teams and the group includes 11 players with Olympic experience, including two three-time Olympians and four two-time Olympians.
Team general manager Don Waddell and head coach Peter Laviolette had to make tough decisions regarding a number of veterans and relative newcomers among the 121 Americans currently playing in the NHL. They named three goaltenders, 13 forwards and seven defenceman to the roster.
Olympic veterans such as Brian Leetch (Boston), John LeClair (Pittsburgh), Tony Amonte (Calgary) and Jeremy Roenick (Los Angeles) were left off the list.