The United States is expected to be among the strong contenders to win a medal in ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but their journey is beginning this week in Arlington.
Hopeful members of the U.S. Olympic team are working out at the Men's National Team Camp this week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and on Tuesday, players and coaches are greeting more than 1,000 fans.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is among the dozens of America's top hockey players, including Stanley Cup champions including Chicago forward Patrick Kane and Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick, vying for a spot on the team's 25-man roster.
“It would be great,” Carlson says. “It would be a dream come true. And now I have to do whatever I can to get on the team.”
USA Hockey's Public Day at Kettler also includes a Wounded Warriors sled hockey game and the unveiling of the jersey's Team USA will wear during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will lead the selected team of 25.
“This orientation camp to get players, meet players, establish relationships and get idea how play as group, team has been very good,” Bylsma says.
After 2010's loss to Canada at the Vancouver Olympics, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is hoping for a different outcome in 2014.
“U.S. played really, really well last games, won silver medal and we're hoping play a little better and bring home a gold,” Leonsis says.