Team USA Announces Olympic Roster

Rob Carr

...and John Carlson is headed to Sochi.

Team USA has made their final roster decisions for Sochi, announcing the official squad after today's Winter Classic - and here are the players representing the red, white and blue when the Olympics get underway next month:

FORWARDS
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 Reimsdyk
Blake Wheeler

DEFENSEMEN
John Carlson
Justin Faulk
Cam Fowler
Paul Martin
Ryan McDonagh
Brooks Orpik
Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan Suter

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard
Ryan Miller
Jonathan Quick

Most notable for Caps fans, of course, is the inclusion of John Carlson on the blue line - perhaps not a lock for some people but certainly one in our minds (and we weren't alone).

Carlson will be playing in his first Olympics and just his second international competition overall, his last experience at the 2010 World Junior Championships... when he quickly became the most hated man in host country Canada for this little beauty:

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Gratuitous? Perhaps. Necessary? Always. Because Real American Hero John Carlson rides again.

Congratulations to Carlson, and best of luck to all of the players who will be representing their country in Sochi!

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