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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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