United States men's national ice hockey team

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United States of America
Nickname(s) Team U.S.A., Ice Yanks
Association USA Hockey
General Manager United States Dean Lombardi (2016 World Cup of Hockey)
Head coach United States John Tortorella (2016 World Cup of Hockey)
Assistants United States Jack Capuano
United States Scott Gordon
United States Phil Housley
United States John Hynes
United States Mike Sullivan
(2016 World Cup of Hockey)
Captain Joe Pavelski(2016 World Cup of Hockey)
Most games Mark Johnson (151)
Most points Mark Johnson (146)
Team colors               
IIHF code USA
USA national hockey team jerseys 2014.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 4 Increase1
Highest IIHF 4 (2016)
Lowest IIHF 7 (first in 2003)
First international
 United States 29–0 Switzerland  
(Antwerp, Belgium; April 23, 1920)
Biggest win
 United States 31–1 Italy 
(St. Moritz, Switzerland; February 1, 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 17–2 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; March 12, 1963)
 Soviet Union 17–2 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; March 15, 1969)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 70 (first in 1930)
Best result Gold medal.svg Gold (1933, 1960)
World Cup of Hockey
Appearances 2 (first in 1996)
Best result Gold medal.svg Gold (1996)
Olympics
Appearances 21 (first in 1920)
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold (1960, 1980)
Silver medal.svg Silver (1920, 1924, 1932, 1952, 1956, 1972, 2002, 2010)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (1936)
International record (W–L–T)
473–428–81
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Team
Gold medal – first place 1980 Team
Silver medal – second place 1920 Team
Silver medal – second place 1924 Team
Silver medal – second place 1932 Team
Silver medal – second place 1952 Team
Silver medal – second place 1956 Team
Silver medal – second place 1972 Team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Team
Bronze medal – third place 1936 Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1933
Silver medal – second place 1931
Silver medal – second place 1934
Silver medal – second place 1939
Silver medal – second place 1950
Bronze medal – third place 1949
Bronze medal – third place 1962
Bronze medal – third place 1996
Bronze medal – third place 2004
Bronze medal – third place 2013
Bronze medal – third place 2015

The United States men's national ice hockey team is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with its U18 and U17 development program in Plymouth, Michigan. The team is controlled by USA Hockey, the governing body for amateur and Olympic ice hockey in the United States. The US team is ranked 4th in the IIHF World Rankings.[1] The current head coach is John Tortorella.[2]

The United States won gold medals at the 1960 and 1980 Winter Olympics and more recently, silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. The United States won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey but was unable to defend its title at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, losing to Finland in the semifinals. The team's most recent medal at the World Championships came with a bronze in 2015. They won the tournament in 1933.

United States is a member of the so-called "Big Six", the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.[3]

As of 2014, the US has a registered ice hockey population of 611,926 with USA Hockey.[4] USA Hockey is the largest governing body for ice hockey in the United States and the is considered the best representation of the number of players playing ice hockey in the US.[5]

History[edit]

The American ice hockey team's greatest success was the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York when they defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union on the way to a gold medal. Though hockey is not a universally popular sport in the United States, the "Miracle" is often listed as one of the greatest achievements in the history of American sports. The United States also won the gold medal in the 1960 Games at Squaw Valley, California, defeating the Soviet Union, Canada, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden along the way. However, since this victory is not as well known as the 1980 win, it has come to be known as the "Forgotten Miracle".[6][7]

U.S. hockey experienced a spike in talent in the 1980s and 1990s, with future National Hockey League (NHL) stars including Tony Amonte, Tom Barrasso, Chris Chelios, Brett Hull, Pat LaFontaine, John LeClair, Brian Leetch, Mike Modano, Mike Richter, Jeremy Roenick, Kevin Stevens, Keith Tkachuk, and Doug Weight. Although the United States finished no higher than fourth in any World or Olympic event from 1981 through 1994, the Americans did win the 1996 World Cup with a squad of NHL players. Six years later, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and NHL arranged to allow NHL players to participate in the Olympic Games, the United States earned a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics with a roster that included NHL stars Adam Deadmarsh, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, and Brian Rolston. But by 2006, many of these NHL All-Stars had retired or lost their skill with age. Though the 2006 Olympic team finished a disappointing 8th, it was more of a transitional team, featuring young NHL players like Rick DiPietro, John-Michael Liles, and Jordan Leopold.

The 2010 U.S. Olympic team was composed of much younger and faster players than teams of previous years, including David Backes, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny, and Ryan Suter. The team also had a solid group of veterans that included top NHL goalie Ryan Miller top defenseman Brian Rafalski and U.S. Olympic Team Captain Jamie Langenbrunner. The U.S. team upset team Canada 5–3 in the round-robin phase of the tournament and went into the single elimination phase of the tournament as the number-one seeded team. After beating Finland 6–1 the United States advanced to the gold medal game, where they lost in overtime 3–2 to Canada to claim the silver medal. The gold medal game between Canada and the United States was watched by an estimated 27.6 million U.S. households. This was the most watched hockey game in America since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game, including any Stanley Cup Final or NHL Winter Classic broadcast.[8]

However, several months later at the IIHF World Championship, the U.S. team posted the worst record in its history by losing all three of its games in the preliminary round. The losses eliminated the United States from medal contention and dropped them below 12th place. Only three wins in the relegation round, including a shootout win over Italy, prevented the United States from being relegated to Division I and gave Team USA a chance to play for the IIHF World Championship in 2011.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Result
1920  Silver
1924  Silver
1932  Silver
1936  Bronze
1948 disqualified
1952  Silver
1956  Silver
1960  Gold
1964 5th place
1968 6th place
1972  Silver
1976 5th place
1980  Gold
1984 7th place
1988 7th place
1992 4th place
1994 8th place
1998 6th place
2002  Silver
2006 8th place
2010  Silver
2014 4th place
Totals
Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
21 2 8 1 11

World Championship[edit]

See: Ice Hockey World Championships and List of IIHF World Championship medalists
Note: Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic hockey tournament was also considered the World Championship for that year.[9]
  • 1920 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1924 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1931 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1932 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1933Won  Gold medal
  • 1934 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1936 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 1938 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1939 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1940–46 – Not held[10]
  • 1947 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1948 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1949 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 1950 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1951 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1952 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1955 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1956 – Won  Silver medal
  • 1958 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1959 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1960 Gold medal
  • 1961 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1962 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 1963 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1964 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1965 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1966 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1967 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1968 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1969 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1970 – Finished in 7th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1971 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1972 – Finished in 8th place (2nd in "Pool B")[11]
  • 1973 – Finished in 8th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1974 – Finished in 7th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1975 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1976 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1977 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1978 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1979 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1980 – Not held[12]
  • 1981 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1982 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1983 – Finished in 9th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1984 – Not held[12]
  • 1985 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1986 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1987 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1988 – Not held[12]
  • 1989 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1990 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1991 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1992 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1993 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1994 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1995 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1996 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 1997 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1998 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2000 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2001 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2002 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2003 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2004 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 2005 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2008 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2011 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2012 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2013 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 2014 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2015 – Won  Bronze medal
  • 2016 – Finished in 4th place

Canada Cup[edit]

  • 1976 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1981 – Finished in 4th place, lost semi-final
  • 1984 – Finished in 4th place, lost semi-final
  • 1987 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1991 – Finished in 2nd place, lost final

World Cup[edit]

Others[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Head coach: John Tortorella

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
30 G Bishop, BenBen Bishop 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 29) United States Tampa Bay Lightning
32 G Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 30) United States Los Angeles Kings
35 G Schneider, CoryCory Schneider 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1986-03-18) March 18, 1986 (age 30) United States New Jersey Devils
33 D Byfuglien, DustinDustin Byfuglien 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 117 kg (258 lb) (1985-03-27) March 27, 1985 (age 31) Canada Winnipeg Jets
4 D Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 26) United States Washington Capitals
6 D Johnson, ErikErik Johnson 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 107 kg (236 lb) (1988-03-21) March 21, 1988 (age 28) United States Colorado Avalanche
3 D Johnson, JackJack Johnson 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 104 kg (229 lb) (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 29) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
27 D McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1989-06-13) June 13, 1989 (age 27) United States New York Rangers
2 D Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1986-12-06) December 6, 1986 (age 29) United States Washington Capitals
20 D Suter, RyanRyan Suter 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 31) United States Minnesota Wild
89 F Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 29) United States Detroit Red Wings
42 F Backes, DavidDavid Backes 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1984-05-01) May 1, 1984 (age 32) United States Boston Bruins
19 F Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 30) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
88 F Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-11-19) November 19, 1988 (age 27) United States Chicago Blackhawks
17 F Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1984-08-31) August 31, 1984 (age 31) United States Anaheim Ducks
74 F Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1986-12-23) December 23, 1986 (age 29) United States Washington Capitals
67 F Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 27) Canada Montreal Canadiens
23 F Palmieri, KyleKyle Palmieri 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1991-02-01) February 1, 1991 (age 25) United States New Jersey Devils
9 F Parise, ZachZach Parise 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 (age 32) United States Minnesota Wild
8 F Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 32) United States San Jose Sharks
21 F Stepan, DerekDerek Stepan 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-06-18) June 18, 1990 (age 26) United States New York Rangers
16 F van Riemsdyk, JamesJames van Riemsdyk 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1989-05-04) May 4, 1989 (age 27) Canada Toronto Maple Leafs
26 F Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 29) Canada Winnipeg Jets

IIHF World Championship directorate awards[edit]

The IIHF has given awards for each year's championship tournament to the top goalie, defenseman, and forward (all since 1954), and most valuable player (since 2004). The following USA team members have won awards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Ranking
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "NHL announces World Cup of Hockey for 2016". The Canadian Press. 2015-01-24. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/839306-membership-statistics
  5. ^ http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2014/06/17/u-s-hockey-participation-numbers-for-2013-14/
  6. ^ Burnside, Scott (2010-02-08). "Hockey's miracle before the 'Miracle'". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  7. ^ "The Morning Skate: The Forgotten Miracle of 1960". New York Times. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Hockey Game Seen by 27.6 Million" New York Times, 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010
  9. ^ See: Ice Hockey World Championships.
  10. ^ See Ice Hockey World Championships#1930–1953: Canadian dominance. World War II forced the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Winter Olympics and the world championships from 1941 to 1946. "International hockey timeline". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-10.  (ed.) Carl Diem (January 1940). "The Fifth Olympic Winter Games Will Not Be Held" (PDF). Olympic Review. Berlin: International Olympic Institute (8): 8–10. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  11. ^ See: 1972 World Ice Hockey Championships. For the first time, a separate tournament is held for both the World Championships and the Winter Olympics. Previously, the Winter Olympics tournament was held in lieu of a world championships, with the winner being declared world champion for that year. It also marked the first time in international ice hockey that all goaltenders were required to wear face masks.
  12. ^ a b c No championships were held during the Olympic years 1980, 1984, and 1988. See: Ice Hockey World Championships#1976–1987: First years of open competition and List of IIHF World Championship medalists.
  13. ^ USA Hockey Deutschland Cup Archives Archived October 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ 2003&2004 Deutschland Cup
  15. ^ 2005 Deutschland Cup
  16. ^ USA Hockey Deutschland/TUI Cup results Archived October 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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