The NHL has announced that Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been named to the 2014 USA Olympic Hockey Team. This is a well-deserved honor for Carlson, as he has had a terrific season and has emerged as one of the best defensemen in the NHL. Carlson will be the first player in Capitals history to represent the United States at the Olympics.

Jeff Halpern was a member of several World Championship teams, but never skated for the USA at the Olympics.