ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. hockey team has flipped the script since the last Winter Olympics.
The Americans expect to be a favorite to win gold in six months at the Sochi Games after saying they were underdogs in 2010, when they won silver and were a goal away from knocking off the host Canadians.
USA Hockey invited 48 of its top prospects — including 16 players from its team in 2010 — for off-ice workouts and meetings at the Washington Capitals' training facility.
Twenty-five players will get picked to play based on their body of work and how well they play early in the NHL season. The final roster is expected to be announced on Jan. 1 after Detroit and Toronto play in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.