The men's U.S. Olympic hockey team was announced in dramatic and adorable fashion following the Winter Classic on Wednesday, as children skated toward an NBC camera in a U.S. jersey and turned to reveal the name on the back.
That's probably not how Bobby Ryan imagined finding out he wouldn't be back with the team after representing his country four years ago, but it made for great television.
There are 13 players returning from the team that won silver in 2010 in Vancouver, losing the gold-medal game in overtime to Sidney Crosby and Team Canada. The group should be motivated to take the next step when it takes the ice in Sochi for the 2014 Games, which get under way Feb. 12.
There are a few questions surrounding this incarnation of the team. Is it good enough to win gold? Will Jonathan Quick return to form before the Games start? Why in the world would Team USA general manager David Poile leave Bobby Ryan and Keith Yandle off the team?
We will look at all those questions and more in this primer for the U.S. Olympic squad.