US Olympic Hockey Team: A Look Ahead

Metro HockeyCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

Its time for the Olympics again, this time the city of Vancouver will be their home. Whenever I think of them, I think of that 1980 men’s hockey team that defied all the odds and beat the high powered Soviet Union. The USA team was made up of amateur and collegiate hockey players and they beat the Soviets who were considered by many as the best team in the world. If you ask people what they were doing when the “Miracle on Ice” happened for the most part they can tell you. That victory for the United States is the biggest upset in sports history and is a moment that makes me proud to be an American.

Hockey has since fallen out of favor in the United States but as a passionate hockey fan, I find myself getting excited over the upcoming Olympics. Looking at this year’s roster I started to question why Brian Burke chose some of these guys, hell, I wonder why he was even allowed to choose anyone. In case you haven’t seen the roster for the USA men’s hockey team here it is:

Forwards (13)
David Backes
Dustin Brown
Ryan Callahan
Chris Drury
Patrick Kane
Ryan Kesler
Phil Kessel
Jamie Langenbrunner
Ryan Malone
Zach Parise
Joe Pavelski
Bobby Ryan
Paul Stastny

Defensemen (7)
Erik Johnson
Jack Johnson
Mike Komisarek
Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik
Brian Rafalski
Ryan Suter

Goaltenders (3)
Ryan Miller
Jonathan Quick
Tim Thomas

Brian Burke needs to be in a mental hospital, seriously. There are several head scratchers here.

Ryan Callahan (41gms 9g 10a)- Are you serious? Why is Ryan Callahan on this team? He is a hardworking gritty player but I don’t see why he deserves a roster spot. He is one of the most overrated and inconsistent players in the NHL, not to mention that he has bricks for hands. Player who should take his spot: Dustin Byfuglien

Chris Drury (36gms 5g 9a) I’m sorry but am I in the twilight zone? I must have missed all the games where Chris Drury showed that he wasn’t an inconsistent player who shouldn’t be the captain of the New York Rangers…oh I didn’t?? He may end up being the captain of the USA team. This guy is one of the worst captains the New York Rangers have ever had. I love Drury but come on this is ridiculous. Player who should take his spot: Tim Connolly

Mike Komisarek (34gms 0g 4a) This is the player that in no way deserves to be on the USA hockey team. Brian Burke picked his overpaid and overrated defenseman to anchor a physical defense, the only problem is that Komisarek is a moron. He takes way too many minor penalties. He can hit but I don’t think he plays well enough in his own end and he offers no offensive support whatsoever. Player who should take his place: Ryan Whitney

David Backes: (41gms 9g 12a) It seems as though I’m picking on the players that will mostly be providing grit and time on the penalty kill. I personally like David Backes but I don’t think he deserves a spot on the team. Player who should take his place: T.J Oshie.

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