Langenbrunner awaits word on Olympic spotFormer CEC hockey star Jamie Langenbrunner will find out on New Year’s Day whether he has been selected for his second appearance with the United States in the Winter Olympics.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
Former CEC hockey star Jamie Langenbrunner will find out on New Year’s Day whether he has been selected for his second appearance with the United States in the Winter Olympics.
Langenbrunner, 34, is entering his second season as captain of the New Jersey Devils and his 12th season in the National Hockey League, and is off to a solid start. In his first 28 games, Langenbrunner has scored seven goals and added 19 assists for 26 points.
His totals are second on the Devils to a possible Olympic teammate, Zach Parise. He has also compiled a plus-10 ranking in the plus-minus stats, putting him third on the team.
For his career, Langenbrunner has tallied 219 goals and 355 assists for 571 points, and has added 33 goals and 52 assists in Stanley Cup playoff action.
“You’ve got to be playing well [to make the team],” Langen-
brunner told USAHockey.com recently. “I had a good season last year, and I’m sure that’s why I’m here. Hopefully I’ll have a good [2009-10] year and we’ll see.”
Langenbrunner totaled career highs last season in goals (29), assists (40) and total points (69) to make himself a prime candidate to make his second Olympic team. He also played for the United States in the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. He also represented the United States in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and in the 1994 and 1995 World Junior championships.
He has worn the red, white and blue 20 times in international play, scoring three goals and adding one assist.
The 23-man American roster will be announced during the NHL Winter Classic, which will be played Jan. 1 in Boston. The roster will contain 20 skaters and three goaltenders, all of whom are expected to be from the NHL.
The U.S. Olympic Team will be coached by Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon and New York Rangers coach John Tortorella assisting.
The Americans will begin play at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Feb. 16 with a game against Switzerland. The gold medal game will be played Feb. 28.