Team USA has won just one ice hockey medal at the Winter Olympic Games since the "Miracle on Ice" in Lake Placid 30 years ago.
If they really want to challenge the superpowers of Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Canada, the puck has to stop here.
The defense is actually fairly offensive-minded with good overall size, and it features a mixture of veterans (Brian Rafalski, Brooks Orpik) and talented up-and-coming stars (Erik Johnson).
Team USA will undoubtedly miss the New Jersey Devils' Paul Martin, who was forced to pull out of the Olympic squad on Tuesday after failing to recover from forearm surgery at the end of last year. His replacement Ryan Whitney will have a difficult job filling the void Martin leaves, but his experience at the World Juniors will serve him well.
News out of the Team USA camp on Wednesday revealed Mike Komisarek also lost his battle with a shoulder injury, giving the American team two key personnel decisions to make. Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes is his replacement. I have included both men in this slideshow, along with information about the men who will be taking their roster place in Vancouver..
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Here are the defensemen who will be protecting Ryan Miller and the Team USA net.