Caps D-man Carlson named to US Olympic team
With the Olympics being only 6 weeks away, the US Olympic Men’s Hockey team’s roster has been finally announced and Washington’s John Carlson will join 24 other Americans as they look to avenge their 2010 Gold Medal game loss to Canada, with 13 of the 24 players returning from the ’10 team.
Carlson becomes the first American player in Capitals history to be named to the team and will join fellow New Jersey native and Toronto Maple Leaf forward James Van Reimsdyke as the only two players from the Garden State. 7 different US States will be represented with the state of Minnesota sending 8 representatives. Carlson is tied for second in goals by an American this season with 7 and is 14th in points. The Colonia, New Jersey native was drafted 27th overall in the 1st round by the Capitals in the 2008 NHL Draft.
The Americans will take on the Slovaks on February 13th to open up Group A play, a group that also includes the upstart Slovenians lead by Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar, and the powerful Russians with fellow Capital Alex Ovechkin.