The U.S. goes after Gold with familiar look

Twenty of 23 players named to represent the U.S. in the Nagano Games played for coach Ron Wilson on Team USA that won the World Cup last year.

United States' Olympic history:
Gold in 1980, 1960.
Silver in 1972, 1956, 1952.
Bronze in 1936.

This star filled team is, along with Canada, the strongest in the tournament.

Some key players in the US World Cup success are struggling this season. Namely Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, Guy Hebert and Brian Berard.

Nothing short of gold is a disappointment.

Ron Wilson's return as a coach is no surprise for anybody.

"I don't think I had to go any further than Ron after the job he did in the World Cup." said Olympic General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

"This is a bit of a dream come true," Wilson said. "I always wanted to be associated with an Olympic Team and I appreciate the magnitude of what this is all about."

"During the World Cup, we said if we kept this going the end would be February (of 1998), when we got together again for the Olympics. We proved to ourselves we're capable of competing with every country in the world for top honors and the players named today were the core of that team. I think my job will be easier because of the continuity." Wilson added.

1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Tony AmonteChicago
Adam DeadmarshColorado
Bill GuerinNew Jersey
Brett HullSt. Louis
Pat LaFontaineNY Rangers
John LeClairPhiladelphia
Shawn McEachernOttawa
Mike ModanoDallas
Joel OttoPhiladelphia
Jeremy RoenickPhoenix
Keith TkachukPhoenix
Doug WeightEdmonton
Bryan BerardNY Islanders
Keith CarneyChicago
Chris CheliosChicago
Derian HatcherDallas
Kevin HatcherPittsburgh
Brian LeetchNY Rangers
Mathieu SchneiderToronto
Gary SuterChicago
Guy HebertAnaheim
Mike RichterNY Rangers
John VanbiesbrouckFlorida
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