Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/19/05 at 10:25 PM ET
On Monday, during a National Hockey League broadcast on OLN, play-by-play veteran Mike Emrick announced the roster that will compete at the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Among those honored, along with such previous Olympians as Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk and Mike Modano, are 12 first-time Olympians, including goaltenders Rick DiPietro, Robert Esche and John Grahame, defensemen Jordan Leopold and John-Michael Liles, and forwards Jason Blake, Erik Cole, Craig Conroy, Scott Gomez, Mike Knuble and Mark Parrish.more update 9:34pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For weeks now, the only buzz surrounding the U.S. men's Olympic team was created by Jeremy Roenick, the Los Angeles Kings' loveable blabbermouth. Despite a stunning falloff in his play and production this season, Roenick shamelessly lobbied for a place on the team, on the grounds that he and the players of his generation helped build USA Hockey and thus deserved a last hurrah. Sorry JR.read on update, Tuesday 12:15am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If American fans were expecting the red, white, and blue to have a younger, generation-next look to it, they will be sorely disappointed. Instead, there is about this U.S. squad a strong sense of deja vu, and USA Hockey officials are crossing their fingers that familiarity will breed an Olympic gold with throwbacks Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher, Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight and Mike Modano on board once again. Here's a look at an American squad that boasts an average age of 31.2 years.continued
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