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Chris Drury skates against the Islanders during a game at Nassau Coliseum.

The U.S. Olympic hockey team

USA Hockey announced the members of its national team for the 2010 Olympics on January 1.

Zach Parise, left wing NHL team: New Jersey
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Zach Parise, left wing
NHL team: New Jersey Devils
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Age: 25
Résumé: Parise scored 45 goals last season and is among the league leaders in goals and points this year. He has two other 30-goal seasons to his credit and is among the NHL's plus/minus leaders. He will be perhaps the most critical forward in Team USA's success in Vancouver.

Patrick Kane, right wing NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
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Patrick Kane, right wing
NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Age: 21
Résumé: The first overall pick in the 2007 draft, Kane already has two 20-goal seasons to his credit. He has also put up back-to-back 70-point seasons for Chicago. He's off to a great start in 2009-10 and will be a top forward for Team USA.

Paul Stastny, center NHL team: Colorado Avalanche Hometown:
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Paul Stastny, center
NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Age: 24
Résumé: The son of one of Peter Stastny, one of the NHL's all-time greats, Paul Stastny has developed into a top playmaking center. He has averaged nearly a point per game this season and should be among Team USA's top three centers.

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Bobby Ryan, right wing NHL team: Anaheim Ducks
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Bobby Ryan, right wing
NHL team: Anaheim Ducks
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.
Age: 22
Résumé: Burst onto the scene in 2008-09 with 31 goals in his first full NHL season and is on pace to eclipse those numbers this year. The former No. 2 overall pick joins fellow 22-year-old Phil Kessel and 21-year-old Patrick Kane in a trio of neophytes the United States will rely upon heavily for scoring.

Phil Kessel, center NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
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Phil Kessel, center
NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Age: 22
Résumé: Kessel missed the first 12 games of the year, but has still put up impressive offensive numbers in his first season since a big trade from Boston to Toronto in the offseason. The former No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 draft will be one of Team USA's top six forwards in Vancouver.

Ryan Malone, left wing NHL team: Tampa Bay
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Ryan Malone, left wing
NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Age: 30
Résumé: The four-time 20-goal scorer played in the shadow of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, but has come into his own in Tampa Bay. As of Jan. 5, he had 19 goals, tied for the most among all American-born players.

Jamie Langenbrunner, right wing NHL team: New Jersey
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Jamie Langenbrunner, right wing
NHL team: New Jersey Devils
Hometown: Cloquet, Minn.
Age: 34
Résumé: He won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999 and the Devils in 2003. He's known as one of the best two-way forwards in the NHL, and he's among the Devils' leading scorers this season. He should have a spot on Team USA's second or third line.

Dustin Brown, left wing NHL team: Los Angeles
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Dustin Brown, left wing
NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Age: 25
Résumé: The Kings captain had just nine goals as of Jan. 5, but could bring a level of grit that may be absent among Team USA's other top forwards, perhaps as a checking-line winger.

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Ryan Kesler, center NHL team: Vancouver Canucks Hometown:
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Ryan Kesler, center
NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Age: 25
Résumé: The former first-round pick scored 20 goals in both of the past two seasons. He's one of the league's better checking centers and his goal and point production has gone up each of the last three years, including a 59-point, 26-goal season in 2008-09. A strong start to 2009-10 makes him a favorite to play big minutes in Vancouver.

Joe Pavelski, center NHL team: San Jose Sharks
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Joe Pavelski, center
NHL team: San Jose Sharks
Hometown: Stevens Point, Wis.
Age: 25
Résumé: The young center is overshadowed on the star-laden Sharks, but he scored 25 goals last season and has averaged nearly a point per game this season, despite missing a month with a foot injury. He will be a valuable commodity to a U.S. team that needs playmakers at center.

David Backes, forward NHL team: St. Louis Blues
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David Backes, forward
NHL team: St. Louis Blues
Hometown: Blaine, Minn.
Age: 25
A 31-goal scorer for the Blues last year, Backes has struggled lately but could provide some scoring punch for Team USA, which faces a big talent gap against rivals like Canada and Russia.

Ryan Callahan, right wing NHL team: New York
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Ryan Callahan, right wing
NHL team: New York Rangers
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Age: 24
Résumé: He had a career-best 22-goal season in 2008-09. The hard-nosed Callahan would provide Team USA with a consistent effort, but may be an underdog candidate after his slow start in 2009-10.

Chris Drury skates against the Islanders during a
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Chris Drury skates against the Islanders during a game at Nassau Coliseum.

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Brian Rafalski, defenseman NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
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Brian Rafalski, defenseman
NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
Hometown: Dearborn, Mich.
Age: 36
Résumé: The veteran blueliner can score and play in all situations. He has averaged more than 54 points over the past four seasons. He won Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003 with the Devils and in 2008 with the Red Wings and will be a top defenseman for Team USA.

Erik Johnson, defenseman NHL team: St. Louis Blues
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Erik Johnson, defenseman
NHL team: St. Louis Blues
Hometown: Bloomington, Minn.
Age: 21
Résumé: The top overall pick in the 2006 draft recovered nicely from a torn ACL and MCL that forced him to miss all of the 2008-09 season. He has a big shot and is one of the NHL's leading point scorers among defensemen.

Brooks Orpik, defenseman NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins Hometown:
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Brooks Orpik, defenseman
NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Age: 29

Ryan Suter, defenseman NHL team: Nashville Predators Hometown:
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Ryan Suter, defenseman NHL team: Nashville Predators Hometown: Madison, Wis. Age: 24 Résumé: The son of 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team member Bob Suter, Ryan has averaged more than 24 minutes of ice time per game with the Preds while contributing impressive offensive numbers (16 assists at the Christmas break). He's won gold while representing his country before, joining Zach Parise and Ryan Kesler on America's 2004 World Junior Championship team. Suter should be in the mix as one of the USA's top six defensemen.

Jack Johnson, defenseman NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
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Jack Johnson, defenseman
NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Age: 22
Résumé: The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Johnson is a solid all-around defenseman who can put up points and provide steady defensive-zone play. He'll be in the mix as a sixth/seventh defenseman for Team USA.

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Ryan Whitney, defenseman NHL team: Anaheim Ducks Hometown:
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Ryan Whitney, defenseman
NHL team: Anaheim Ducks
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Age: 26
Résumé: Whitney, an injury replacement for the Devils' Paul Martin, is one of the league's better power play quarterbacks. He honed his craft playing in Pittsburgh for 3 1/2 seasons before being traded to the Ducks last year. His numbers have gone down slightly, but he is among the NHL's leaders in ice time.

Tim Gleason, defenseman NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes Hometown:
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Tim Gleason, defenseman
NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
Hometown: Clawson, Mich.
Age: 26
Résumé: The Hurricanes have had a miserable year, but Gleason has been very solid on their blueline, contributing 15 points while playing tough minutes. Gleason landed a spot on Team USA when East Islip native Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs went down with an injury.

Ryan Miller, goaltender NHL team: Buffalo Sabres Hometown:
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Ryan Miller, goaltender
NHL team: Buffalo Sabres
Hometown: East Lansing, Mich.
Age: 29
Résumé: The Sabres' No. 1 goalie is having his best season yet, leading all NHL full-time starters in save percentage and goals against average. He should be America's top goalie in the Olympics.

Tim Thomas, goaltender NHL team: Boston Bruins Hometown:
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Tim Thomas, goaltender
NHL team: Boston Bruins
Hometown: Flint, Mich.
Age: 35
Résumé: Thomas won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie for the 2008-09 NHL season. He's been slowed by injuries and a competition with Tuukka Rask in Boston this year, but he should receive strong consideration as Team USA's backup goalie.

Jonathan Quick, goaltender NHL team:Los AngelesLos Angeles Kings
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Jonathan Quick, goaltender
NHL team:Los AngelesLos Angeles Kings
Hometown: Milford, Conn.
Age: 23
Résumé: Playing in the hockey black hole that is Los Angeles, the young Connecticut native has quietly put up some very impressive numbers that could threaten 2009 Vezina winner Tim Thomas' spot on Team USA. His 20 wins were fifth-best in the NHL at the Christmas break.

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