Roenick to Team USA: I better be on Olympic team

Updated: December 8, 2005, 1:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

When the United States announces its men's Olympic hockey team on Dec. 19, one player expects to make the cut ... or else.

Jeremy Roenick
Roenick

Kings center Jeremy Roenick told The Los Angeles Times that he "better be" on the Olympic team that will compete in Turin, Italy, in February.

"It would be a travesty if I'm not," Roenick told the newspaper. "I know they want a youth movement, and they need to have one, but it'd be disrespectful of the guys who have gotten Team USA to this point internationally."

Roenick will be able to make his case Thursday night when the Kings face the Carolina Hurricanes, whose coach, Peter Laviolette, will also lead Team USA.

Roenick, 35, told The Times that if he doesn't make the cut, Team USA "better hope that I don't get a job as a commentator on NBC for [the Games], or it'd be 'Go Canada' all the way, and I don't want that."

The deadline for teams to submit their final Olympic rosters is Dec. 22, but the United States said it will announce its final list of 23 players on Dec. 19.

This season, Roenick has five goals and six assists in 26 games for the Kings.