Jan 25, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) works against San Jose Sharks center Bracken Kearns (38) during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

USA Men's Hockey Captains Announced

With just 12 days to go before the hockey tournament portion of the 2014 Winter Olympics gets underway, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team has officially announced its selections for the team’s captain and alternate captains for the Sochi games.

Minnesota Wild star, and Minneapolis, Minnesota native, Zach Parise has been pegged to become the 20th captain in the history of team USA. Dustin Brown of Ithaca, NY and the Los Angeles Kings and Ryan Suter of Madison, Wisconsin and the Minnesota Wild will serve as the team’s alternate captains.

All three players previously served as alternate captains during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where the US earned silver.

There is still some debate as to whether or not the NHL should, and will, send its players over to Russia. The league wants to ensure the safety of its players overseas, and with the recent discussion of security issues in Sochi, the NHL is currently discussing the idea of keeping its players stateside. The NHL is expected to make its final decision on the matter by February 9.

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