David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk To Represent United States at 2014 Winter Games
ANN ARBOR – USA Hockey announced today their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Among those chosen were Blues forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie along with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
Backes, 29, will be representing the United States for the fifth time in his career. Previously, the Minneapolis, Minnesota native appeared in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he earned the silver medal. This season, the 6’3, 221-pound forward shares third on the Blues with 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) and ranks second with 70 penalty minutes, while league-wide, he is the only player with at least 120 hits and 16 goals.
Oshie, 27, will be representing the U.S. for the fifth time in his career and the first at the Olympics. The Everett, Washington native appeared at the 2006 World Juniors as well as the 2009, 2010 and 2013 World Championships. This season, the 5’11, 189-pound forward ranks second on the Blues with 33 points including 27 assists, which shares ninth among all skaters.
Shattenkirk, 24, will be representing the U.S for the fourth time in his career and first at the Olympics. The New Rochelle, New York native appeared at the 2007 U-18 World Juniors, 2009 World Juniors and 2011 World Championships, while he also spent four seasons in the U.S. National Development program (2005-2007). This season, the 5’11, 207-pound defenseman leads the Blues’ defense and shares fifth among all defensemen with 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) while his 15 power play points is tied for second overall.
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