It was just announced following the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Classic. Team USA Hockey announced their men's hockey roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi and while it may not come as a big surprise to fans of the Los Angeles Kings, two of their own did make the club as Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick will be donning the red, white and blue in February.
In 40 games this season, Brown has seven goals and six assists to go along with an impressive +12 rating. But it's not so much his offensive contributions that led to being chosen to the US Olympic squad as it was his leadership qualities and let's not forget his devastating physical game.
So far this season, like most seasons, Dustin Brown has led the way for the Kings in the hits department with 144, which is an astonishing average of 3.6 hits per game. Of course, let's not forget that his contributions in the 2012 playoffs made him just the second American to captain his team to a Stanley Cup win. Derian Hatcher was the first in 1999 with the Dallas Stars.
As for Jonathan Quick, the jury was admittedly out on the native of Milford, Connecticut, who has been sidelined with a groin injury since November 12.
While his resume over the last four years speaks for itself (that includes a Vezina nomination, a Conn Smythe win, Stanley Cup and greatest playoff numbers since Terry Sawchuk), the 27-year-old netminder's inactivity over the last few weeks would certainly deter some voters to select him for the Olympic team. That concern, fortunately, was not well-founded as Quick joins Detroit's Jimmy Howard and Buffalo's Ryan Miller as the three goaltenders to represent Team USA in Russia next month. Whether Quick will play or even decide to go to Sochi remains to be seen. Right now, however, it is a testament to Jonathan Quick's immense talent that he was chosen for Team USA despite missing so much time due to injury.
With the team losing four-in-a-row, news like this could not have come any sooner for the Los Angeles Kings who will proudly see two of their own represent the United States at the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Congratulations to both Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick. This was no small feat and everyone in the Los Angeles Kings family is very proud of them.