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Miller gets nod for Olympic team

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has been chosen for the U.S. Olympic hockey team that will compete next month in Sochi.

The announcement was made Wednesday after the Winter Classic. Toronto beat Detroit, 3-2, in a shootout.

South Buffalo native Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and East Amherst native Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins also were named to the team.

Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the other goalies on the roster.

Miller, 33, is the oldest player on the roster. Orpik also is 33, but two months younger than Miller.

Miller and Team USA earned the silver medal in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, falling to Sidney Crosby and Team Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the gold-medal game.

Team USA's first game is Feb. 13 against Slovakia. The complete roster:

Goaltenders (3)

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Forwards (14)

David Backes, St. Louis Blues

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues

Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche

Derek Stepan, New York Rangers

James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs

Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Defensemen (8)

John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes

Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks

Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins

Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild



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