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.
QUESTION: Can a referee call a High-Sticking penalty against a player if the player's stick hits the referee above the shoulder after the referee drops the puck during a face-off?
ANSWER: Officials cannot penalize accidental stick contact with a player, even if it results in an injury. However, any intentional attempt to injure an official or intentional injury of an official should result in a Match Penalty.
QUESTION: Are neck-guards and mouthpieces mandatory at 10U level?
ANSWER: Under the USA Hockey Youth Playing Rules, mouthpieces and neck-guards are not required equipment at the 10U level. However, leagues and hockey associations are entitled to strengthen equipment rules with approval by the local governing USA Hockey Affiliate. Therefore, we encourage you to check to see if any additional rules apply in your games.
QUESTION: Team A is shorthanded, and Team B is called for a penalty but play continues because Team B has not touched the puck. During this time, Team A scores. Is the penalty called on Team B wiped out as it would be if the teams were at even strength?
ANSWER: In this situation, the Team B penalty (assuming it is a minor) is recorded but not served. Play resumes 5 v. 4.
QUESTION: In a U10 game, a penalty is assessed to the attacking team. Due ti an officials' error, the face-off is not moved outside the attacking zone. The attacking team scores, and the coach notifies officials of their error. The officials disallow the goal and have ensuing face-off in neutral zone. Is it correct for the goal to be disallowed on the officials error?
ANSWER: Due to the fact that this goal resulted after a face-off location error by the officials, the goal must be allowed.
QUESTION: If a goalkeeper and an opposing player receive coincident minor penalties does someone have to serve the penalty time for the goalkeeper even though it’s a coincident minor?
ANSWER: The “spirit and intent” of the Goalkeeper Penalty rules (Rule 407) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules is the offending team must lose a player when a goalkeeper commits an infraction. Therefore, despite the fact that the two minors are coincidental and result in immediate substitution (play resumes 5 v. 5), the offending team must still place a substitute player (who must be one of the players on the ice at the time of the infraction) in the penalty bench to return at the first stoppage after two minutes.
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