Due to the fact that the Flyers roster features a heavy Canadian influence, it isn’t surprising that not a single Flyer will represent team USA in next month’s winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
When the roster was announced, after an epic shootout win by the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Detroit Red Wings , in what might have been the best winter classic yet, one former Flyer made the cut.
James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs, once the number two overall pick by the Flyers, was one of 14 forwards selected to team USA.
“J.V.R.” played for the Flyers from 2009-2012, until the Flyers dealt him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in an off-season trade for Luke Schenn.
While he took longer to develop into an elite winger than the Flyers originally anticipated, van Riemsdyk is one pace to have a career year with the Leafs this year, as he has 29 points in 39 games this season. His career high in points came with the Flyers in 2010-11, when he scored 40 points in 75 games. Barring an injury, he should easily top that number this year.
Courtesy of Pro Hockey Talk, here is the full USA men’s team roster for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
Forwards (14): David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler
Defensemen (8): John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter
Goalies (3): Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick