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United States
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Nickname(s) Team USA
Association USA Hockey
GM Chris Drury
Head coach Jeff Blashill
Assistants Dan Bylsma
John Hynes
Captain Patrick Kane
Most games Mark Johnson
Most points Mark Johnson (146)
IIHF code USA
Highest IIHF ranking 4 (first in 2016)
Lowest IIHF ranking 7 (first in 2003)
Team colours               
United States national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 IHWC.png
First international
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 29–0 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
(Antwerp, Belgium; April 24, 1920)
Biggest win
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 31–1 Flag of Italy.png Italy
(St. Moritz, Switzerland; February 1, 1948)
Biggest defeat
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 17–2 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
(Stockholm, Sweden; March 12, 1963)
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 17–2 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
(Stockholm, Sweden; March 15, 1969)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 72 (first in 1920)
Best result Gold medal.png Gold: (1933, 1960)
Olympics
Appearances 22 (first in 1920)
Medals Gold medal.png Gold: (1960, 1980)
Silver medal.png Silver: (1920, 1924, 1932, 1952, 1956, 1972, 2002, 2010)
Bronze medal.png Bronze: (1936)
International record (W-L-T)
514–471–86
The United States men's national ice hockey team[1] is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with its U18 and U17 development program in Plymouth, Michigan. The team is controlled by USA Hockey, the governing body for organized ice hockey in the United States. As of May 26, 2019, the U.S. team is currently ranked 6th in the IIHF World Rankings.[2] The current head coach is Jeff Blashill.[3] The U.S. won gold medals at the 1960 and the 1980 Olympics and more recently, silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics. The U.S. also won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, defeating Canada in the finals. The team's most recent medal at the World Championships came with a bronze in 2018. They won the tournament in 1933 and 1960. Unlike other nations, the U.S. doesn't typically use its best NHL players in the World Championships. Instead, it provides the younger players with an opportunity to gain international experience.[4] Overall, the team has collected eleven Olympic medals (two of them gold), nineteen World Championship medals (two of them gold), and it reached the semi-final round of the Canada Cup/World Cup five times, twice advancing to the finals and winning gold once.[5] The U.S. has never reached a World Championship gold medal game, having lost in the semifinal round nine times since the IIHF introduced a playoff system in 1992. The U.S. is a member of the so-called "Big Six", the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden.[6][7][8]

History[]

The American ice hockey team's greatest success was the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, when American college players defeated the heavily favored seasoned professionals from the Soviet Union on the way to a gold medal. Though ice hockey is not a major sport in most areas of the United States, the "Miracle" is often listed as one of the all-time greatest American sporting achievements. The U.S. also won the gold medal in the 1960 Games at Squaw Valley, California, defeating the Soviet Union, Canada, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden along the way. However, since this victory is not as well known as the 1980 win, it has come to be known as the "Forgotten Miracle".[9][10]

The United States hockey experienced a spike in talent in the 1980s and 1990s, with future NHL stars including Tony Amonte, Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher, Brett Hull, Pat LaFontaine, John LeClair, Brian Leetch, Mike Modano, Mike Richter, Jeremy Roenick, Kevin Stevens, Keith Tkachuk, and Doug Weight. Although the U.S. finished no higher than fourth in any World or Olympic event from 1981 through 1994 (unlike other teams that used professionals, the U.S. team was limited to amateurs at these tournaments), the Americans reached the finals of the 1991 Canada Cup and won the 1996 World Cup. Six years later, after the International Olympic Committee and NHL arranged to accommodate an Olympic break in the NHL schedule, the U.S. earned a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics with a roster that included NHL stars Adam Deadmarsh, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, and Brian Rolston. However, by 2006, many of these NHL players had retired or had declined with age. Though the 2006 Olympic team finished a disappointing 8th, it was more of a transitional team, featuring young NHL players like Rick DiPietro, John-Michael Liles, and Jordan Leopold.

The 2010 U.S. Olympic team was composed of much younger and faster players than teams of previous years, including David Backes, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny, and Ryan Suter. The team also had a solid group of veterans that included such stars as goalie Ryan Miller, defenseman Brian Rafalski, and team captain Jamie Langenbrunner. The U.S. team upset team Canada 5–3 in the round-robin phase of the tournament and went into the single elimination phase of the tournament as the number-one seeded team. After beating Finland 6–1, the U.S. advanced to the gold medal game, where they lost in overtime 3–2 to Canada to claim the silver medal. The gold medal game between Canada and the U.S. was watched by an estimated 27.6 million U.S. households. This was the most watched hockey game in America since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game, including any Stanley Cup final or NHL Winter Classic broadcast.[11]

The NHL pulled out of the Olympics for the 2018 competition in a dispute over insurance and the IOC's ambush marketing restrictions, prohibiting the national teams from inviting any player it held under contract. The American team was put at a particular disadvantage, as more than 31% of NHL players are Americans (in comparison, only 4.1% are Russians). As a result, the U.S. had to enter the tournament with a hastily assembled team of free agents, players from European leagues, AHLers on one-way contracts, and college players.[12] The team proved unsuccessful, losing to Slovenia and the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the preliminary round, and being eliminated by the Czechs in the quarterfinals.[13] The OAR team benefited most from NHL's absence and ultimately won the tournament with a team that was composed primarily of SKA Saint Petersburg and HC CSKA Moscow players from the Russia-based KHL and featured ex-NHL all-stars Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Voynov (all SKA).

Competitive record[]

Olympic Games[]

Medal record
Games[5][14] GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Round Position
1920 Antwerp 4 3 1 0 52 2 Fellowes, CorneliusCornelius Fellowes


Schooley, RoyRoy Schooley

McCormick, JoeJoe McCormick Silver medal round 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1924 Chamonix 5 4 1 0 73 6 Haddock, WilliamWilliam Haddock Small, IrvingIrving Small Final round 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1928 St. Moritz Did not participate
1932 Lake Placid 6 4 1 1 27 5 Winsor, AlfredAlfred Winsor Chase, JohnJohn Chase Final round 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 8 5 2 1 10 4 Prettyman, AlbertAlbert Prettyman Garrison, JohnJohn Garrison Final round 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
1948 St. Moritz 8 5 3 0 86 33 Garrison, JohnJohn Garrison Harding, GoodwinGoodwin Harding Round-robin 4th, DSQ
1952 Oslo 8 6 1 1 43 21 Pleban, ConnieConnie Pleban Van, AllenAllen Van Round-robin 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 7 5 2 0 33 16 Mariucci, JohnJohn Mariucci Campbell, GeneGene Campbell Final round 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1960 Squaw Valley 7 7 0 0 48 17 Riley, JackJack Riley Kirrane, JackJack Kirrane Final round 11 Gold
1964 Innsbruck 7 2 5 0 29 33 Jeremiah, EddieEddie Jeremiah Brooks, HerbHerb Brooks


Reichart, BillBill Reichart

Round-robin 5th
1968 Grenoble 7 2 4 1 23 28 Williamson, MurrayMurray Williamson Nanne, LouLou Nanne Round-robin 6th
1972 Sapporo 6 4 2 0 23 18 Williamson, MurrayMurray Williamson Sheehy, TimTim Sheehy Round-robin 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1976 Innsbruck 6 3 3 0 23 25 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Taft, JohnJohn Taft Round-robin 5th
1980 Lake Placid 7 6 0 1 33 15 Brooks, HerbHerb Brooks Eruzione, MikeMike Eruzione Final round 11 Gold
1984 Sarajevo 6 2 2 2 23 21 Vairo, LouLou Vairo Verchota, PhilPhil Verchota 7th place game 7th
1988 Calgary 6 3 3 0 35 31 Peterson, DaveDave Peterson Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch 7th place game 7th
1992 Albertville 8 5 2 1 25 19 Peterson, DaveDave Peterson Donatelli, ClarkClark Donatelli Bronze medal game 4th
1994 Lillehammer 8 1 4 3 28 32 Taylor, TimTim Taylor Laviolette, PeterPeter Laviolette 7th place game 8th
1998 Nagano 4 1 3 0 9 14 Wilson, RonRon Wilson Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Quarter-finals 6th
2002 Salt Lake City 6 4 1 1 26 10 Brooks, HerbHerb Brooks Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Gold medal game 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
2006 Turin 6 1 4 1 16 17 Laviolette, PeterPeter Laviolette Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Quarter-finals 8th
2010 Vancouver 6 5 1 24 9 Wilson, RonRon Wilson Langenbrunner, JamieJamie Langenbrunner Gold medal game 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
2014 Sochi 6 4 2 20 12 Bylsma, DanDan Bylsma Parise, ZachZach Parise Bronze medal game 4th
2018 Pyeongchang 5 2 3 11 12 Granato, TonyTony Granato Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta Quarter-finals 7th
2022 Beijing Qualified

Results by "Big Six" opponent[]

Opponents Played Won Tied Lost Biggest victory Biggest defeat
Flag of Canada.png Canada 18 3 3 12 4:1 3:12
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia/
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
21 10 0 11 16:0 1:7
Flag of Finland.png Finland 13 7 2 4 8:2, 6:0 1:6, 0:5
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union/
Flag of the CIS svg.png CIS/
Flag of Russia.png Russia
14 4 1 9 4:3, 3:2 (x3) 2:10
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 15 6 2 7 20:0 1:5
Total 81 30 8 43 20:0 3:12

World Championship[]

Note: Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic ice hockey tournament was also considered the World Championship for that year.[15]
Note: World War II forced cancellation of all tournaments from 1940 to 1946.
Note: In 1972, a separate tournament was held both for the World Championships and the Winter Olympics for the first time.
Note: No World Championships were held during the Olympic years 1980, 1984, and 1988.
Note: 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[16]
  • 19202Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 19242Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1928did not participate
  • 1930did not participate
  • 19312Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 19322Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 193311 Gold
  • 19342Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1935did not participate
  • 19363Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 1937did not participate
  • 1938 – 7th place
  • 19392Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1947 – 5th place
  • 1948 – 4th place
  • 19493Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 19502Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1951 – 6th place
  • 19522Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1953did not participate
  • 1954did not participate
  • 1955 – 4th place
  • 19562Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1957did not participate
  • 1958 – 5th place
  • 1959 – 4th place
  • 196011 Gold
  • 1961 – 6th place
  • 19623Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 1963 – 8th place
  • 1964 – 5th place
  • 1965 – 6th place
  • 1966 – 6th place
  • 1967 – 5th place
  • 1968 – 6th place
  • 1969 – 6th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1970 – 7th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1971 – 6th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1972 – 8th place (2nd in Group B)
  • 1973 – 8th place (2nd in Group B)
  • 1974 – 7th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1975 – 6th place
  • 1976 – 4th place
  • 1977 – 6th place
  • 1978 – 6th place
  • 1979 – 7th place
  • 1981 – 5th place
  • 1982 – 8th place (relegated to Group B)
  • 1983 – 9th place (1st in Group B, promoted to Group A)
  • 1985 – 4th place
  • 1986 – 6th place
  • 1987 – 7th place
  • 1989 – 6th place
  • 1990 – 5th place
  • 1991 – 4th place
  • 1992 – 7th place
  • 1993 – 6th place
  • 1994 – 4th place
  • 1995 – 6th place
  • 19963Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 1997 – 6th place
  • 1998 – 12th place
  • 1999 – 6th place
  • 2000 – 5th place
  • 2001 – 4th place
  • 2002 – 7th place
  • 2003 – 13th place
  • 20043Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2005 – 6th place
  • 2006 – 7th place
  • 2007 – 5th place
  • 2008 – 6th place
  • 2009 – 4th place
  • 2010 – 13th place
  • 2011 – 8th place
  • 2012 – 7th place
  • 20133Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2014 – 6th place
  • 20153Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2016 – 4th place
  • 2017 – 5th place
  • 20183Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2019 – 7th place
  • 2021qualified

Canada Cup/World Cup[]

Games[17] GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Round Position
1976 5 1 3 1 14 21 Pulford, BobBob Pulford Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop Group stage 5th
1981 6 2 3 1 18 23 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Ftorek, RobbieRobbie Ftorek Semi-finals 4th
1984 6 3 2 1 23 22 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Langway, RodRod Langway Semi-finals 4th
1987 5 2 3 0 13 14 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Langway, RodRod Langway Group stage 5th
1991 8 5 3 0 29 26 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Otto, JoelJoel Otto Finals 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
1996 7 6 1 0 37 18 Wilson, RonRon Wilson Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch Finals 11 Gold
2004 5 2 3 0 11 11 Wilson, RonRon Wilson Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Semi-finals 4th
2016 3 0 3 5 11 Tortorella, JohnJohn Tortorella Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski Group stage 7th

Results by "Big Six" opponent[]

Opponents Played Won Tied Lost Biggest victory Biggest defeat
Flag of Canada.png Canada 14 3 1 10 5:2 (x2) 3:8
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia/
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
6 3 1 2 6:2 1:3
Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 4 1 1 7:3 1:2
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union/
Flag of the CIS svg.png CIS/
Flag of Russia.png Russia
9 4 0 5 5:2 (x2) 0:5
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 6 4 0 2 7:1 2:9
Total 41 18 3 20 7:1 2:9

Team[]

Current roster[]

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[18][19]

Head coach: Jeff Blashill

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Cayden Primeau 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1999-08-11)August 11, 1999 Flag of the United States Northeastern Univ.
6 F Jack Hughes 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (2001-05-14)May 14, 2001 Flag of the United States New Jersey Devils
7 D Zach Werenski 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1997-07-19)July 19, 1997 Flag of the United States Columbus Blue Jackets
8 D Adam Fox 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1998-02-17)February 17, 1998 Flag of the United States New York Rangers
9 F Jack Eichel 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1996-10-28)October 28, 1996 Flag of the United States Buffalo Sabres
10 F Derek Ryan 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1986-12-29)December 29, 1986 Flag of Canada Calgary Flames
11 F Luke Kunin 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1997-12-04)December 4, 1997 Flag of the United States Minnesota Wild
12 F Alex DeBrincat 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1997-12-18)December 18, 1997 Flag of the United States Chicago Blackhawks
13 F Johnny Gaudreau 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 71 kg (157 lb) (1993-08-13)August 13, 1993 Flag of Canada Calgary Flames
18 F Chris Kreider 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1991-04-30)April 30, 1991 Flag of the United States New York Rangers
19 F Clayton Keller 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1998-11-19)November 19, 1998 Flag of the United States Arizona Coyotes
20 D Ryan SuterA 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1985-01-21)January 21, 1985 Flag of the United States Minnesota Wild
21 F Dylan LarkinA 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1996-07-30)July 30, 1996 Flag of the United States Detroit Red Wings
25 F James van Riemsdyk 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1989-04-05)April 5, 1989 Flag of the United States Philadelphia Flyers
27 D Alec Martinez 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1987-07-26)July 26, 1987 Flag of the United States Vegas Golden Knights
30 G Thatcher Demko 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1995-12-08)December 8, 1995 Flag of Canada Vancouver Canucks
35 G Cory Schneider 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1986-03-19)March 19, 1986 Flag of the United States New Jersey Devils
36 F Colin White 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1997-01-30)January 30, 1997 Flag of Canada Ottawa Senators
41 F Luke Glendening 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1989-04-28)April 28, 1989 Flag of the United States Detroit Red Wings
43 D Quinn Hughes 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1999-10-14)October 14, 1999 Flag of Canada Vancouver Canucks
55 D Noah Hanifin 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1997-01-25)January 25, 1997 Flag of Canada Calgary Flames
72 F Frank Vatrano 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1994-03-14)March 14, 1994 Flag of the United States Florida Panthers
76 D Brady Skjei 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1994-03-26)March 26, 1994 Flag of the United States Carolina Hurricanes
86 D Christian Wolanin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-03-17)March 17, 1995 Flag of Canada Ottawa Senators
88 F Patrick KaneC 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-11-19)November 19, 1988 Flag of the United States Chicago Blackhawks

IIHF World Championship directorate awards[]

The IIHF has given awards for each year's championship tournament to the top goalie, defenseman, and forward (all since 1954), and most valuable player (since 2004). The following American team members have won awards.

Uniform evolution[]

See also[]

References[]

External links[]

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