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Patrick Kane (above) made U.S. Olympic team but teammates BrandSaad Nick Leddy did not. | Bill Smith/Getty Images

Patrick Kane (above) made the U.S. Olympic team, but teammates Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy did not. | Bill Smith/Getty Images

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Jimmy Howard G Red Wings

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Brooks Orpik D Penguins

Kevin Shattenkirk D Blues

Ryan Suter D Wild

David Backes F Blues

Dustin Brown F Kings

Ryan Callahan F Rangers

Patrick Kane F Blackhawks

Ryan Kesler F Canucks

Phil Kessel F Maple Leafs

T.J. Oshie F Blues

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Joe Pavelski F Sharks

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Updated: January 1, 2014 9:26PM

Hours before the U.S. hockey team for the Sochi Olympics was announced Wednesday, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane made every attempt at humility.

He feigned that he didn’t know if he had made the 25-man roster. In reality, he was respecting the selection process. There never was a doubt Kane would make the team. He is, after all, the face of USA Hockey.

“The thing about the tournament is it’s two weeks,” Kane said after practice. “It’s not like you’re building a franchise or you have a face of the team or anything. You’ve got to come together quickly as a group, and I think the biggest thing in these tournaments is goaltending.”

Pushed to talk about the upcoming tournament, Kane looked back. At the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, Kane, 21 at the time, played in one of the most memorable gold-medal games in Olympic history.

Sidney Crosby’s goal at 7:40 of overtime lifted Canada over the United States.

“Definitely a lot of highs and lows in that game,” Kane said. “I think the emotions were very up and down. It’s amazing when we tied it up. It feels like you’re on top of the world and the goal is in your back pocket. And then they come back and score, rip your heart out.”

But this time, it will be a more level playing field. Canada won’t be the home team, and the U.S. team has 13 players with Olympic experience. The 2010 roster had three such players as the Americans rode the hot goaltending of Ryan Miller.

Notably absent from the U.S. roster are Hawks winger Brandon Saad and defenseman Nick Leddy. Saad was on the bubble, and Leddy was considered a long shot.

But that will give them time to rest for the Hawks’ stretch run, when they could be called upon to play heavy minutes.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged that playing in the Olympics is special, but he also said the Hawks who go to Sochi will need to be watched carefully when they return.

“We wish them all the best, and [there’s] nothing wrong with them playing,” Quenneville said. “When they do get back, you have to keep an eye on them and see how they’re doing. Rest is going to definitely be a priority at a critical time in the season.”


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