Patrick Kane will be the lone member of the Chicago Blackhawks representing the United States on the men's hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The 23-man roster was announced Friday following the Winter Classic in Boston.
Kane, 21, is the youngest player named to the team. He currently leads the Hawks in goals (17) and is second in assists (28).
"Obviously we're a young team," Kane said on a conference call after the announcement. "Only three of us have had Olympic experiences before, but at the same time you look at the roster and we're a big team, pretty skilled, and really fast I think."
Another Blackhawks winger, Dustin Byfuglien, missed the cut despite being one of 34 players invited to the Team USA orientation camp late last summer. Kane said during the conference call that he was surprised and disappointed that teammate Dustin Byfuglien didn't make the team, but said he may still have a chance of going if an injury occurs between now and the beginning of the games.
"That's what they told him," Kane said. "He's one of those guys that if someone gets hurt he'll probably be filled in. Hopefully he comes one way or another; it would be awesome."
"Our management group has worked hard to put together a group of players that will give us the best chance to win the gold medal in Vancouver and we feel like we've done that," Team USA general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. "We had some difficult decisions to make, but that's a credit to USA Hockey and depth of the player pool in our country."
Kane joins fellow forwards David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Chris Drury (Rangers), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jamie Langenbrunner (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning), Zach Parise (Devils), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks) and Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche).
Team USA opens play Feb. 16 against Switzerland.