United States men's national ice hockey team

The United States men's national ice hockey team[2] 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 organized ice hockey in the United States. As of 2018, the U.S. team is ranked 4th in the IIHF World Rankings.[3] The current head coach is Jeff Blashill.[4]

United States
Nickname(s)The Miracle Team
AssociationUSA Hockey
General ManagerChris Drury
Head coachJeff Blashill
AssistantsDan Bylsma
John Hynes
CaptainPatrick Kane
Most gamesMark Johnson (151)
Most pointsMark Johnson (146)
Team colors              
IIHF codeUSA
Ranking
Current IIHF6 2 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF4 (first in 2016)
Lowest IIHF7 (first in 2003)
First international
United States  29–0   Switzerland
(Antwerp, Belgium; April 24, 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
Appearances72 (first in 1920)
Best result Gold: (1933)
Canada Cup/World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1976)
Best result Gold: (1996)
Olympics
Appearances22 (first in 1920)
Medals Gold: (1960, 1980)
Silver: (1920, 1924, 1932, 1952, 1956, 1972, 2002, 2010)
Bronze: (1936)
International record (W–L–T)
514–471–86
Medal record
Olympic Games
1960 Squaw ValleyTeam
1980 Lake PlacidTeam
1920 AntwerpTeam
1924 ChamonixTeam
1932 Lake PlacidTeam
1952 OsloTeam
1956 Cortina d'AmpezzoTeam
1972 SapporoTeam
2002 Salt Lake CityTeam
2010 VancouverTeam
1936 Garmisch-PartenkirchenTeam
World Championship
1933 Czechoslovakia
1931 Poland
1934 Italy
1939 Switzerland
1950 Great Britain
1949 Sweden
1962 United States
1996 Austria
2004 Czech Republic
2013 Sweden/Finland
2015 Czech Republic
2018 Denmark
Canada Cup/World Cup
1996 Montreal
1991 Hamilton

The U.S. won gold medals at the 1960 and the 1980 Olympics and more recently, silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics. The U.S. also won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, defeating Canada in the finals. The team's most recent medal at the World Championships came with a bronze in 2018. They won the tournament in 1933 and 1960. Unlike other nations, the U.S. doesn't typically use its best NHL players in the World Championships. Instead, it provides the younger players with an opportunity to gain international experience.[5] Overall, the team has collected eleven Olympic medals (two of them gold), nineteen World Championship medals (two of them gold), and it reached the semi-final round of the Canada Cup/World Cup five times, twice advancing to the finals and winning gold once.[6] The U.S. has unsuccessfully never reached the World Championship final round, having lost in the semi-final round nine times since the IIHF introduced a playoff system in 1992.

The U.S. 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.[7]

As of 2017, the U.S. has a registered ice hockey population of 637,744 with USA Hockey.[8] USA Hockey is the largest governing body for ice hockey in the United States and is considered the best representation of the number of ice hockey players in the country.[9]

History

The American ice hockey team's greatest success was the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, when American college players defeated the heavily favored seasoned professionals from the Soviet Union on the way to a gold medal. Though ice hockey is not a major sport in most areas of the United States, the "Miracle" is often listed as one of the all-time greatest American sporting achievements. The U.S. 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".[10][11]

The United States hockey experienced a spike in talent in the 1980s and 1990s, with future NHL stars including Tony Amonte, Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher, Brett Hull, Pat LaFontaine, John LeClair, Brian Leetch, Mike Modano, Mike Richter, Jeremy Roenick, Kevin Stevens, Keith Tkachuk, and Doug Weight. Although the U.S. finished no higher than fourth in any World or Olympic event from 1981 through 1994 (unlike other teams that used professionals, the U.S. team was limited to amateurs at these tournaments), the Americans reached the finals of the 1991 Canada Cup and won the 1996 World Cup. Six years later, after the International Olympic Committee and NHL arranged to accommodate an Olympic break in the NHL schedule, the U.S. 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. However, by 2006, many of these NHL players had retired or had declined 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 such stars as goalie Ryan Miller, defenseman Brian Rafalski, and 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.[12]

The NHL pulled out of the Olympics for the 2018 competition in a dispute over insurance and the IOC's ambush marketing restrictions, prohibiting the national teams from inviting any player it held under contract. The American team was put at a particular disadvantage, as more than 31% of NHL players are Americans (in comparison, only 4.1% are Russians). As a result, the U.S. had to enter the tournament with a hastily assembled team of players from European leagues, AHLers on one-way contracts, and college players.[13] The team proved unsuccessful, losing to Slovenia and the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the preliminary round, and being eliminated by the Czechs in the quarterfinals.[14] The OAR team benefited most from NHL's absence and ultimately won the tournament with a team that was composed primarily of SKA Saint Petersburg and HC CSKA Moscow players from the Russia-based KHL and featured ex-NHL all-stars Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Voynov (all SKA).

Competitive record

Olympic Games

Games[6][15] GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Round Position
1920 Antwerp 4 3 1 0 52 2 Cornelius Fellowes
Roy Schooley
Joe McCormick Silver medal round  Silver
1924 Chamonix 5 4 1 0 73 6 William Haddock Irving Small Final round  Silver
1928 St. Moritz Did not participate
1932 Lake Placid 6 4 1 1 27 5 Alfred Winsor John Chase Final round  Silver
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 8 5 2 1 10 4 Albert Prettyman John Garrison Final round  Bronze
1948 St. Moritz 8 5 3 0 86 33 John Garrison Goodwin Harding Round-robin DSQ
1952 Oslo 8 6 1 1 43 21 Connie Pleban Allen Van Round-robin  Silver
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 7 5 2 0 33 16 John Mariucci Gene Campbell Final round  Silver
1960 Squaw Valley 7 7 0 0 48 17 Jack Riley Jack Kirrane Final round  Gold
1964 Innsbruck 7 2 5 0 29 33 Eddie Jeremiah Herb Brooks
Bill Reichart
Round-robin 5th
1968 Grenoble 7 2 4 1 23 28 Murray Williamson Lou Nanne Round-robin 6th
1972 Sapporo 6 4 2 0 23 18 Murray Williamson Tim Sheehy Round-robin  Silver
1976 Innsbruck 6 3 3 0 23 25 Bob Johnson John Taft Round-robin 5th
1980 Lake Placid 7 6 0 1 33 15 Herb Brooks Mike Eruzione Final round  Gold
1984 Sarajevo 6 2 2 2 23 21 Lou Vairo Phil Verchota 7th place game 7th
1988 Calgary 6 3 3 0 35 31 Dave Peterson Brian Leetch 7th place game 7th
1992 Albertville 8 5 2 1 25 19 Dave Peterson Clark Donatelli Bronze medal game 4th
1994 Lillehammer 8 1 4 3 28 32 Tim Taylor Peter Laviolette 7th place game 8th
1998 Nagano 4 1 3 0 9 14 Ron Wilson Chris Chelios Quarter-finals 6th
2002 Salt Lake City 6 4 1 1 26 10 Herb Brooks Chris Chelios Gold medal game  Silver
2006 Turin 6 1 4 1 16 17 Peter Laviolette Chris Chelios Quarter-finals 8th
2010 Vancouver 6 5 1 24 9 Ron Wilson Jamie Langenbrunner Gold medal game  Silver
2014 Sochi 6 4 2 20 12 Dan Bylsma Zach Parise Bronze medal game 4th
2018 Pyeongchang 5 2 3 11 12 Tony Granato Brian Gionta Quarter-finals 7th

World Championship

Note: Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic ice hockey tournament was also considered the World Championship for that year.[16]
Note: World War II forced cancellation of all tournaments from 1940 to 1946.
Note: In 1972, a separate tournament was held both for the World Championships and the Winter Olympics for the first time.
Note: No World Championships were held during the Olympic years 1980, 1984, and 1988.
  • 1920 Silver
  • 1924 Silver
  • 1928did not participate
  • 1930did not participate
  • 1931 Silver
  • 1932 Silver
  • 1933 Gold
  • 1934 Silver
  • 1935did not participate
  • 1936 Bronze
  • 1937did not participate
  • 1938 – 7th place
  • 1939 Silver
  • 1947 – 5th place
  • 1948 – 4th place
  • 1949 Bronze
  • 1950 Silver
  • 1951 – 6th place
  • 1952 Silver
  • 1953did not participate
  • 1954did not participate
  • 1955 – 4th place
  • 1956 Silver
  • 1957did not participate
  • 1958 – 5th place
  • 1959 – 4th place
  • 1960 Gold
  • 1961 – 6th place
  • 1962 Bronze
  • 1963 – 8th place
  • 1964 – 5th place
  • 1965 – 6th place
  • 1966 – 6th place
  • 1967 – 5th place
  • 1968 – 6th place
  • 1969 – 6th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1970 – 7th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1971 – 6th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1972 – 8th place (2nd in Group B)
  • 1973 – 8th place (2nd in Group B)
  • 1974 – 7th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1975 – 6th place
  • 1976 – 4th place
  • 1977 – 6th place
  • 1978 – 6th place
  • 1979 – 7th place
  • 1981 – 5th place
  • 1982 – 8th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1983 – 9th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1985 – 4th place
  • 1986 – 6th place
  • 1987 – 7th place
  • 1989 – 6th place
  • 1990 – 5th place
  • 1991 – 4th place
  • 1992 – 7th place
  • 1993 – 6th place
  • 1994 – 4th place
  • 1995 – 6th place
  • 1996 Bronze
  • 1997 – 6th place
  • 1998 – 12th place
  • 1999 – 6th place
  • 2000 – 5th place
  • 2001 – 4th place
  • 2002 – 7th place
  • 2003 – 13th place
Games GP W L GF GA Coach Captain Round Position
2004 Prague, Ostrava 9 5 3 28 21 Peter Laviolette Chris Drury Third place game  Bronze
2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 7 3 2 23 13 Peter Laviolette Doug Weight Quarter-finals 6th
2006 Riga 7 3 4 12 18 Mike Eaves Richard Park Quarter-finals 7th
2007 Moscow 7 4 3 29 20 Mike Sullivan Chris Clark Quarter-finals 5th
2008 Quebec City, Halifax 7 4 3 26 17 John Tortorella Jeff Halpern Quarter-finals 6th
2009 Bern, Kloten 9 4 5 32 28 Ron Wilson Dustin Brown Third place game 4th
2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 6 3 3 15 9 Scott Gordon Jack Johnson Relegation round 13th
2011 Bratislava, Košice 7 3 4 20 24 Scott Gordon Mark Stuart Quarter-finals 8th
2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 8 6 2 34 20 Scott Gordon Jack Johnson Quarter-finals 7th
2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 10 7 3 35 24 Joe Sacco Paul Stastny Third place game  Bronze
2014 Minsk 8 6 3 30 27 Peter Laviolette Justin Abdelkader Quarter-finals 6th
2015 Prague, Ostrava 10 8 2 28 19 Todd Richards Matt Hendricks Third place game  Bronze
2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 10 4 6 29 30 John Hynes Matt Hendricks Third place game 4th
2017 Paris, Cologne 8 6 2 31 16 Jeff Blashill Connor Murphy Quarter-finals 5th
2018 Copenhagen, Herning 10 8 2 46 25 Jeff Blashill Patrick Kane Third place game  Bronze
2019 Bratislava, Košice 8 5 3 30 19 Jeff Blashill Patrick Kane Quarter-finals 7th

Canada Cup/World Cup

Games[17] GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Round Position
1976 5 1 3 1 14 21 Bob Pulford Group stage 5th
1981 6 2 3 1 18 23 Bob Johnson Semi-finals 4th
1984 6 3 2 1 23 22 Bob Johnson Semi-finals 4th
1987 5 2 3 0 13 14 Bob Johnson Group stage 5th
1991 8 5 3 0 29 26 Bob Johnson Finals  Silver
1996 7 6 1 0 37 18 Ron Wilson Brian Leetch Finals  Gold
2004 5 2 3 0 11 11 Ron Wilson Chris Chelios Semi-finals 4th
2016 3 0 3 5 11 John Tortorella Joe Pavelski Group stage 7th

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[18][19]

Head coach: Jeff Blashill

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1GCayden Primeau1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)90 kg (200 lb) (1999-08-11) August 11, 1999 Northeastern Univ.
6FJack Hughes1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)77 kg (170 lb) (2001-05-14) May 14, 2001 New Jersey Devils
7DZach Werenski1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)95 kg (209 lb) (1997-07-19) July 19, 1997 Columbus Blue Jackets
8DAdam Fox1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)82 kg (181 lb) (1998-02-17) February 17, 1998 New York Rangers
9FJack Eichel1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)91 kg (201 lb) (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 Buffalo Sabres
10FDerek Ryan1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)77 kg (170 lb) (1986-12-29) December 29, 1986 Calgary Flames
11FLuke Kunin1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)87 kg (192 lb) (1997-12-04) December 4, 1997 Minnesota Wild
12FAlex DeBrincat1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)75 kg (165 lb) (1997-12-18) December 18, 1997 Chicago Blackhawks
13FJohnny Gaudreau1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)71 kg (157 lb) (1993-08-13) August 13, 1993 Calgary Flames
18FChris Kreider1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)100 kg (220 lb) (1991-04-30) April 30, 1991 New York Rangers
19FClayton Keller1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)77 kg (170 lb) (1998-11-19) November 19, 1998 Arizona Coyotes
20DRyan SuterA1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)94 kg (207 lb) (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 Minnesota Wild
21FDylan LarkinA1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)90 kg (200 lb) (1996-07-30) July 30, 1996 Detroit Red Wings
25FJames van Riemsdyk1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)98 kg (216 lb) (1989-04-05) April 5, 1989 Philadelphia Flyers
27DAlec Martinez1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)95 kg (209 lb) (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 Los Angeles Kings
30GThatcher Demko1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)87 kg (192 lb) (1995-12-08) December 8, 1995 Vancouver Canucks
35GCory Schneider1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)91 kg (201 lb) (1986-03-19) March 19, 1986 New Jersey Devils
36FColin White1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)83 kg (183 lb) (1997-01-30) January 30, 1997 Ottawa Senators
41FLuke Glendening1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)87 kg (192 lb) (1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 Detroit Red Wings
43DQuinn Hughes1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)77 kg (170 lb) (1999-10-14) October 14, 1999 Vancouver Canucks
55DNoah Hanifin1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)93 kg (205 lb) (1997-01-25) January 25, 1997 Calgary Flames
72FFrank Vatrano1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)91 kg (201 lb) (1994-03-14) March 14, 1994 Florida Panthers
76DBrady Skjei1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)97 kg (214 lb) (1994-03-26) March 26, 1994 New York Rangers
86DChristian Wolanin1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)84 kg (185 lb) (1995-03-17) March 17, 1995 Ottawa Senators
88FPatrick KaneC1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)80 kg (180 lb) (1988-11-19) November 19, 1988 Chicago Blackhawks

IIHF World Championship directorate awards

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 American team members have won awards.

See also

References

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