Two Red Wings Named U.S. Olympians

Detroit Red Wings defensemen Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider were two of the 23 players named to the United States' mens ice hockey rosrer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The roster for the team was announced on Monday.

Chelios, along with Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, will be making his fourth trip to the Olympics. He was previously named to Team USA in 1984, 1998 and 2002, as well as for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.

"There's no doubt the intangibles Chris Chelios brings to any team have to be discussed," said Wings general manager Ken Holland. "We brought him back for his ability to play, but also because of his leadership and competitiveness. When he's on your team, he believes your team is going to win, and he has an impact on the players around him."

"I feel very lucky at my age and am looking forward to the challenge," said Chelios, who will turn 44 in January.

Schneider, seemingly a lock for the team after his strong play in the 2003-04 season and early this year, will be making his second Olympic appearance for the United States. He was named to Team USA for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not make the team in 2002. He also played for Team USA at the World Cup in 1996 and 2004.

"With his ability to skate and handle the puck... the way he played two years ago and this year, it became pretty obvious that he had to be on the team," Holland said.

"We think our depth on defense is as good as it's ever been," Team USA general manager Don Waddell said.

Almost half of the team has ties to Michigan, either having come from the state, played for the Red Wings, or played for one of the area's college teams.

The full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Rick DiPietro
Robert Esche
John Grahame

Defensemen (7)
Chris Chelios
Derian Hatcher
Jordan Leopold
John-Michael Liles
Aaron Miller
Brian Rafalski
Mathieu Schneider

Forwards (13)
Jason Blake
Erik Cole
Craig Conroy
Chris Drury
Brian Gionta
Scott Gomez
Bill Guerin
Mike Knuble
Mike Modano
Mark Parrish
Brian Rolston
Keith Tkachuk
Doug Weight

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Yesterday on Sportscentre he was saying he couldn't care less about making the team and today he's whining that Team USA is disrespectful.

Hey Roenick, kiss all of our asses now you big baby.

Go Canada Go <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" />

Posted by Stormo on 12/20/2005 at 10:17 AM


He's been bitching about it for awhile, even before the selections were announced. Supposedly he's going to root for Canada now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2005 at 5:47 PM


I have to say that I was suprised to see Chelly's name on the list since he was not even invited to camp earlier this year. I don't think we are going to medal this, but I wold like to see the old school guys go out with something. Any word on who will be captain?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/21/2005 at 11:16 PM


Ken and Mickey were saying they thought it'd be Modano.

Chelios being picked surprises me, too, but he's played very solid positionally lately after having that horrible start. I'm just not sure that would be enough on the bigger Olympic ice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/22/2005 at 6:27 AM


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