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Fowler Named to Team USA Olympic Roster

Wednesday, 01.01.2014 / 5:08 PM / News
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Fowler Named to Team USA Olympic Roster
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was named to Team USA\u2019s Olympic squad today, becoming the fourth Ducks player selected to Team USA since the NHL\u2019s participation in the Olympics began in 1998 (Guy Hebert, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney are the others).
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was named to Team USA’s Olympic squad today, becoming the fourth Ducks player selected to Team USA since the NHL’s participation in the Olympics began in 1998 (Guy Hebert, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney are the others). Fowler (22 years old) is the fourth youngest player to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team since 1998, older than only Erik Johnson (21, 2010), Patrick Kane (21, 2010) and Bryan Berard (21, 1998).

Fowler will make his fifth career appearance for Team USA in international competition and his first on the Olympic stage. He won gold at the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2009 U-18 World Championship, and also represented the U.S. at the 2012 World Championship in Finland and Sweden, and the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia. Fowler also played two seasons in Ann Arbor with the U.S. National Training Development Program, recording 8-32=40 points with 44 PIM in 55 games with the U-18 team in 2008-09.

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (12th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Fowler is in his fourth season with the Ducks. He has appeared in 42 games for Anaheim this season, scoring 4-21=25 points with a +10 rating and eight penalty minutes (PIM). Fowler leads Anaheim defensemen and is 10th among NHL blueliners in scoring, and also paces the Ducks overall in blocked shots (81) and average time-on-ice (23:59). He has appeared in 237 career NHL games with Anaheim, scoring 20-85=105 points with 50 PIM.

Fowler held a conference call shortly after being named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.

On his thoughts in anticipation to the roster unveiling
"I was trying to be as calm and collected as I could, but I was pretty nervous. My heart was beating. I had a lot of adrenaline going. I was pretty nervous. But once my name was called, it was pure joy. I’m so happy. I’m still smiling. I can’t stop. What a great honor and a very proud moment for me. I’m just very excited right now."

On how he found out he was named to the roster
"I found out on TV just like everybody else. I didn’t get a text or a phone call. The first time I found out I was going to be an Olympian was when I saw the little kid with my jersey on, on TV. That’s when I knew."

On if he got any phone calls after being selected
"I got a call from Brian Burke [Director of Player Personnel, 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team], congratulating me. I’ve had a few emails from the Olympic committee, so they’ve certainly been in touch with me since then."

On the Olympics being on his radar
"Getting invited to the camp in the summer was good for me. It was good to have that experience and some face time with some of the guys, the committee and everything. That was cool for me to do. It’s always been a dream of mine. If you ask any athlete to get to represent his country at the Olympics, there’s no better honor in the world. With how my play has been this year, and how the team has been doing, and the success we’ve been having, it started to get a little more real for me. When it came down to decision time, I knew I did everything I possibly could. I gave myself a good chance, and everything worked out. That was my mindset. I knew I had given it my all and put myself in a good position. Now, I’m lucky enough to make the team. I’m very, very excited."

On his ability to adapt and play in all situations

"That was the biggest thing. I talked to you guys about it, a lot. Just trying to complete my game and become the best overall player and defenseman I can be. I owe a lot of that to our coaching staff for believing in me, having the confidence in me, and putting me in those situations where I can succeed. I definitely owe a lot to them for that. And just everybody… my teammates, my coaches, just for helping me become better and continuing to work with me. I certainly think that’s a huge reason why I’m here today."

On having prior international experience
"That’s certainly an honor, too, to be able to play in those tournaments, even though not all the big names are there. You still get great experience on the big ice, and still play in meaningful games. You’re still representing your country. It’s all the same people with USA Hockey involved in the Olympics. To go over there a couple times, and play well, both times on the bigger ice surface, I’d like to think it helped me. I showed them I can play that style of game and adapt to the big ice over there."

On his impressions of Team USA’s roster

"I think it’s great. You’re talking about the best players in the world. I think we have a great mix of guys. We have maybe three to five captains of their NHL teams on our team. That’s always a good sign. It’s a good group of leaders and guys who have been there before, and young, fresh faces filling in. I think it’s a great group."

On possibly playing against teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry
"I heard from those guys. I heard from basically everybody on the team congratulating me. That was nice. It’s going to be weird to play against those guys and see them on the other side of the ice, and try to defend them. I do it in practice a lot, too, so maybe I can take some of those tendencies and try and take them over to Sochi so I know what they’re doing. I’m sure those guys will be a part of Team Canada, and I’ll be happy for them. It’ll be different playing against those guys because it’s been nice having them on your own team.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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