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Empire State will be well represented

February 3, 2014
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer , Lake Placid News

In addition to the nine athletes who call Lake Placid and surrounding communities their home, there are 15 more men and women from across New York state who will compete this month in Russia at the Olympic Winter Games.

The following is a rundown of those members of Team USA.

Hockey powerhouse

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Erin Hamlin of Remsen races down the track in Park City, Utah during the World Cup luge race Dec. 13.
(AP Photo -- Rick Bowmer)

With five New York natives in the mix, one current resident and three more players on NHL squads in New York, the Empire State will be well represented on the U.S. men's ice hockey team.

Starting between the pipes, two of the team's goalies have New York ties. Jimmy Howard, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings, is a North Country native from Ogdensburg. Ryan Miller, although originally from Michigan, has been a longtime netminder for the Buffalo Sabres. Miller was also the MVP in the Vancouver Olympics when the Americans won the silver medal.

Western New York has three players on the team. Patrick Kane hails from Buffalo, is on the Chicago Blackhawks and is one of the NHL's top scorers -- the highest on the U.S. Olympic team as of last week. Brooks Orpik is from Amherst, outside Buffalo, and is on the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster. Ryan Callahan is a Rochester native who captains the New York Rangers.

Dustin Brown is a central New Yorker from Ithaca playing for the Los Angeles Kings, and Kevin Shattenkirk grew up in New Rochelle, just north of New York City, and skates for the St. Louis Blues.

Although they aren't native to the Empire State, Team USA members Ryan McDonagh and Derek Steppan both play for the New York Rangers, so many New Yorkers will be watching them closely in Sochi.

On the women's squad, meanwhile, will be defenseman Josephine Pucci of Pearl River, which is on the New Jersey borderline near the Hudson River.

Empire sliders

The U.S. luge team in Sochi will have three more New York natives competing alongside Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake and Jayson Terdiman of Lake Placid.

On the women's side, 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin is from Remsen, which is just south of the Adirondack Park boundary and north of Utica. She is considered a medals contender in Sochi.

Two Long Islanders, Aidan Kelly of West Islip and Matt Mortensen of Huntington Station, will compete in men's singles and doubles, respectively.

Sliding on the same track, the U.S. skeleton team will have John Daly of Smithtown, Long Island, who will race in his first Olympics. He went to college at at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Empire flyer

On the men's ski jumping, alongside Saranac Lake native Peter Frenette, will be Anders Johnson, who was born in Plattsburgh and lived in Lake Placid as a child. It will be the second Olympics for him and Frenette.



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