The 2010 Winter Olympics saw a changing of the guard for the game of hockey in the United States. A team of young and passionate Americans bashed their way into the Gold Medal Game where they fell one goal short to Canada in the host city of Vancouver.
While it is a somewhat painful reminder of losing to Canada at their game, the 2010 team that won Silver serves as a blueprint—and a precedent—that fans of the game here in the USA will be looking for some 15 months from now when the 22nd Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia.
Since 2010, many of those American-born players have gone on to win numerous accolades.
Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas, and Patrick Kane are among the notable Americans to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup since the Olympic Games. Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011 while his American counterpart Quick kept the Conn Smythe in American hands the following year.
More is to come from the young stars that proudly wear the Red, White and Blue. The 2014 Winter Olympics could be one of the deepest and most competitive Olympic hockey tournaments ever seen.
With that being said, here are ten young players who under the age of 25 that could make noise to land a spot on Team USA's roster in Sochi.
Please note that players who are age 25 like Kane, Phil Kessel and Bobby Ryan are guaranteed to be on the team in 2014 and thus will be left off the list.
Forwards will be highlighted first and then defenseman