Sports briefs: U.S. names Olympic men's hockey team
Olympic hockey • The U.S. men's hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced.
Bobby Ryan didn't make the cut.
The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.
Jimmy Howard, who couldn't help Detroit beat Toronto on Wednesday in a shootout, appears to be the Americans' third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.
At the Sochi Games, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler.
John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans.
11 veterans lead roster of U.S. women's team
Olympic hockey • Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women's hockey team that will represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
The roster was announced during the break between periods of the NHL's Winter Classic.
Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She'll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she's already got. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles.
Also making the team was Amanda Kessel, the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. Phil Kessel, who was playing in the Winter Classic, was later named to the men's team to represent the United States in Sochi.
From wire reports