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2004 World Cup of Hockey: Team USA Roster

Big-game experience leads the United States into the 2004 World Cup.

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Updated August 27, 2004
A veteran cast will represent the United States at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Thirteen players return from the team that won the 1996 World Cup. For long-serving stars like Brett Hull, Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch, this is likely their last shot at glory in a Team USA uniform.

In all, 19 of the 26 American players are over the age of 30, including every forward except Chris Drury, Jeff Halpern and Jamie Langenbrunner, and every defenseman except Jordan Leopold.

The one position where a new generation takes over is in net. Coach Ron Wilson will choose between Robert Esche, Rick Dipietro and Ty Conklin. A few weeks ago, Conklin was named the outstanding goaltender of the 2004 World Championship, after leading the United States to a bronze medal.

Aside from the goaltenders, the American team will carry six players who did not appear at either the '96 World Cup or 2002 Olympics. They are defensemen Ken Klee and Leopold, and forwards Jason Blake, Craig Conroy, Jamie Langenbrunner and Halpern.

Notable omissions include forwards John Leclair and Mike Knuble. But the most surprising name missing from the list is Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils. He put up 70 points in 2003-04, tied for the NHL lead with 56 assists and ranked second among Devils' forwards with a plus-18 rating.

Also not invited back from the Salt Lake City team are goaltender Mike Dunham, defenseman Tom Poti and center Mike York.

While the Olympic tournament was played on international-sized ice, the World Cup will be held on smaller NHL rinks. This might account for the emphasis on defense and experience over the youth and speed represented by players like Poti and York. Leopold, the youngest defenseman (he turns 24 this summer) has been outstanding for Calgary in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Teams can replace injured players up until August 29.

Update, July 14/04 - Jeremy Roenick has withdrawn from the team due to injury. He is replaced by Scott Gomez.
August 11/04 - Mathieu Schneider has withdrawn from the team, citing his lack of an NHL contract. He is replaced by Hal Gill.
August 20/04 - Derian Hatcher has withdrawn from the team, citing personal reasons. He is replaced by Eric Weinrich.
August 24/04 - Jordan Leopold has withdrawn due to injury. He is replaced by Paul Martin.
August 27/04 - Hal Gill has withdrawn due to injury. He is replaced by John-Michael Liles.

2004 World Cup of Hockey: Team USA Roster

Goaltenders:
Ty Conklin, Edmonton Oilers
Rick DiPietro, NY Islanders
Robert Esche, Philadelphia Flyers

Defense:
Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings
Derian Hatcher, Detroit Red Wings (withdrawn)
Ken Klee, Toronto Maple Leafs
Brian Leetch, Toronto Maple Leafs
Aaron Miller, Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Leopold, Calgary Flames (withdrawn)
Brian Rafalski, New Jersey Devils
Mathieu Schneider, Detroit Red Wings (withdrawn)
Hal Gill, Boston Bruins (withdrawn)
Eric Weinrich, St. Louis Blues
Paul Marin, New Jersey Devils
John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche

Forwards:
Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues
Tony Amonte, Philadelphia Flyers
Jason Blake, NY Islanders
Steve Konowalchuk, Colorado Avalanche
Jeff Halpern, Washington Capitals
Brian Rolston, Boston Bruins
Doug Weight, St. Louis Blues
Mike Modano, Dallas Stars
Bryan Smolinski, Ottawa Senators
Craig Conroy, Calgary Flames
Bill Guerin, Dallas Stars
Brett Hull, Detroit Red Wings
Jeremy Roenick, Philadelphia Flyers (withdrawn)
Chris Drury, Buffalo Sabres
Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils
Scott Gomez, New Jersey Devils

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