In 13 days men's hockey will get underway at the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The purpose of this series is to familiarize readership with the skaters that are on the American roster.
Jamie Langenbrunner will turn 35 this summer. That, in comparison with the rest of the men on this roster, is really old. Langenbrunner was drafted in the second round of the 1993 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars. He spent almost exactly half of his career with the franchise and has been a New Jersey Devil ever since. He's a right-handed-shooting right winger, who's won two Stanley Cups and been close on a handful of other occasions. When he has hoisted the greatest trophy in sports, Langenbrunner has very much looked forward to his time alone with the cup, whether it has champagne in it or not. He has 223 career goals, 367 assists, and over 13,000 minutes of ice time, and represented the United States in the 1998 Olympic Games. Langenbrunner is the perfect fit for the proverbial veteran, locker-room leader role model type, and he has always come up huge in big games. It is for those, and many other reasons, that Jamie Langenbrunner is your United States Olympic Hockey team captain.