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U.S. Men's Hockey Team

Strengths: No longer intimidated by Team Canada; Best defensive corps in the tournament; Coach Ron Wilson is a master at the helm; Speedy crew can excel on larger Nagano rink; goalies Mike Richter and John Vanbiesbrouck will complement, not compete.

Weaknesses: Depth a problem at forward with no room for injuries; International refs won't appreciate Americans' gritty style; Overconfidence might have them looking past upset-minded Finland and Sweden; World Cup champs will be marked team.

No.Name Ht. Wt. Birthplace NHL Team
--Ron Wilson -- -- Annapolis, Md. Washington
Goaltenders (3)
35Mike Richter 5-11 187 Abington, Pa. N.Y. Rangers
34John Vanbiesbrouck 5-8 176 Detroit Florida
31Guy Herbert 5-11 185 Troy, N.Y. Anaheim
Right Wings (4)
15Brett Hull 5-10 201 Belleville, Ont. St. Louis
18 Adam Deadmarsh 6-0 195 Trail, B.C. Colorado
11 Tony Amonte 6-0 195 Hingham, Mass. Chicago
9Bill Guerin 6-2 200 Wilbraham, Ma. Edmonton
Left Wings (3)
10John LeClair 6-2 215 St. Albans, Vt. Philadelphia
17Keith Tkachuk 5-11 210 Melrose, Mass. Phoenix
14Shawn McEachern 5-11 195 Waltham, Mass. Ottawa
Centers (5)
19Doug Weight 5-11 191 Warren, Mich. Edmonton
27Jeremy Roenick 6-0 170 Boston Phoenix
9 Mike Modano 6-3 200 Livonia, Mich. Dallas
29 Joel Otto 6-4 220 Elk River, Minn. Philadephia
16Pat LaFontaine 5-10 183 St. Louis N.Y. Rangers
Defensemen (12)
2Brian Leetch 5-11 190 Cor. Christi, Tx. N.Y. Rangers
3Derian Hatcher 6-5 225 Sterling Hts., Mi. Dallas
7Chris Chelios 6-1 190 Chicago Chicago
4Kevin Hatcher 6-4 225 Detroit Pittsburgh
5 Mathieu Schneider 5-11 192 New York Toronto
20Gary Suter 6-0 205 Madison, Wis. Chicago
6Bryan Berard 6-1 190 Woonsocket, R.I. N.Y. Islanders
24Keith Carney 6-2 205 Providence, R.I. Chicago

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