Projected U.S. 2014 Olympic Hockey Roster

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Projected U.S. 2014 Olympic Hockey Roster

Two years ago today, a young United States hockey team began its quest for a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics,  a journey that didn't end until finally falling to hometown favorite Canada in the finals.

Although much of the roster will most likely remain the same at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, we are sure to see some new faces.

Team USA already has lost high-scoring defenseman Brian Rafalski to retirement. Chris Drury, who also retired due to injury, was deemed not good enough to be added to the 2010 roster. However,  he scored big-time and was a huge part of America's path to the gold-medal game. 

Tim Thomas, the NHL's most dominant goalie of late, will be 39 in 2014, and although he may be up for some international action, many speculate that this year or next may be his last as a professional.

Some who have made the team in the past may be replaced in favor of youngsters who have established themselves recently at the NHL level, or will do so in the coming years.

Former captain Jamie Langenbruner is not expected to be back due to age and a decline in his game. It will be up to the coaching staff and players to name a new U.S. captain. Who will it be?

While it is unlikely that we will see any NCAA or Major Juniors' players on the roster, there is always room for someone to take center stage and make a case for himself.

Who can raise their stock enough before Sochi?

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