May 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) covers the puck in front of Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the first period in game seven of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Howard hoping for spot on USA hockey team

There is little question that Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard is among the best players in the league in net and he is hoping to turn his NHL success in to a spot with the United States hockey team. It could be a very hard task, but Howard would like to make the team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Howard let the Bangor Daily News that the Olympic spot is in his sights.

“I’m confident, but I don’t have a crystal ball. We’ll see how the season goes,” Howard said. “One of my goals this season is to be in Sochi in February. As long as I go out there and play the way I’m capable of playing, hopefully they’ll want to pick me.”

It is a goal that nearly every hockey player has to have growing up, but it will be tough for Howard to make the roster with the level of talent that the United States has contending for the spot with Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider and others.

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