Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey 2014: Picks For Team USA

Martin Rose

My choices for SB Nation's Mock 2014 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Player Selection.

Last week the hockey sites around SB Nation were asked to vote on who they would select to represent their country on the ice in Sochi next year. The Canadian team sites voted on who should represent Canada, while Five for Howling and the other U.S. based team sites chose who should wear the red, white, and blue. The results are now in.Those selected for Team USA included Phoenix Coyote Keith Yandle. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith didn't receive enough votes to make it onto Team Canada. Check out the entire team selections via the links below.

Team Canada

Team U.S.A

Now, you're probably wondering who I chose. Below are the choices I submitted.

Goalies:

Craig Anderson

Ryan Miller

Jonathan Quick

Defensemen:

Matt Carle

Justin Faulk

Jack Johnson

Brooks Orpik

Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan Suter

James Wisniewski

Forwards:

David Backes

Dustin Brown

Brandon Dubinsky

Patrick Kane

Ryan Kesler

Phil Kessel

David Legwand

Max Pacioretty

Zach Parise

Joe Pavelski

Jason Pominville

Bobby Ryan

Blake Wheeler

There is no doubt several of my selections could be considered controversial, most notably Jack Johnson, a player I've never been a huge fan of in terms of his NHL play. Johnson's love of playing for his country and his leadership in the past is what swayed me to add him to the squad and choose him as my choice for captain. He held the same position on the 2010 team. I could argue for a number of players I didn't select, including those who have worn a USA sweater before like Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, and Tim Thomas. Given the depth the US now has picking a mock roster was much harder than it would have been back in 1998 when NHL players starting playing in the Olympics.

Who would you have selected? Give us your choices in the comments selection.

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