Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Four years after their strong showing in the 2010 Olympics, Ryan Kesler , Dustin Brown and Patrick Kane were reunited in the forward line during Team USA’s first practice Monday.
The trio made a lasting mark during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where the Americans won silver.
Aside from the three, coach Dan Bylsma also has James van Riemsdyk, Joe Pavelski and Phil Kessel in the other forward line.
Bylsma also assigned Zach Parise, David Backes and T.J. Oshie and Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Ryan Callahan in the other forward lines.
“In putting together a team, there are going to be chemistry situations,” Bylsma said. “That’s something you can’t get in three days of practice and find in a game. That’s certainly not the only situation on the team where we will have a potential for chemistry.”
“You notice, I mean there’s obviously a lot of highly talented players out there and there’s still some feeling each other out,” van Riemsdyk said. “With me and Phil, we obviously have that familiarity.”
Bylsma has yet to announce his extra forwards but based on the team’s first practice, Blake Wheeler and Derek Stepan will fill the spots.
The team will open its campaign Thursday against Slovakia.