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Olympic Rosters to be Unveiled Today

12/29/2013, 9:00am MST
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey, in cooperation with the United States Olympic Committee and National Hockey League, will unveil its 2014 Olympic men’s and women’s ice hockey rosters at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The final rosters for both teams will be revealed for the first time both in-venue at Michigan Stadium and live on NBC Sports.

The women’s team, which will include three goaltenders and 18 forwards/defensemen, will be named in the second intermission.  General Manager Reagan Carey and Head Coach Katey Stone will be on hand along with all 21 members of the team.

The men’s team, comprised of three goaltenders and 22 forwards/defensemen, will be announced immediately following the game. Area youth hockey players will pose as the men’s Olympians, outside of any members of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs who make the Olympic team. David Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, will be in Ann Arbor for the event.

In addition, USA Hockey officials Ron DeGregorio (president), Dave Ogrean (executive director) and Gavin Regan (vice president, international council chair) will be on hand for the announcements.

USAHockey.com will provide complete coverage of the announcement.

A press conference with select officials and players of both the men’s and women’s Olympic teams will begin approximately 45 minutes following the conclusion of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The press conference will be streamed live at USAHockey.com and fans and media will have the opportunity to ask questions by tweeting to @usahockey and using the hashtag #AskUSAH.

NOTE: USA Hockey allowed exclusive behind-the-scenes access to meetings of the U.S. men’s Olympic management group to USA Today’s Kevin Allen and ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside. Both will share their stories on the building of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team immediately following the announcement of the men’s team.

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March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.

This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.

“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.

Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.

“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.

“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.

“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”

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