The biggest surprise was the omission of high-scoring winger and former Duck
Injuries have overshadowed the selection process: Quick hasn’t played since Nov. 12 because of a groin injury, St. Louis forward
"It's always obviously a huge honor to represent your country," Brown told The Times' Lisa Dillman before the announcement.
"What I always say about the Olympics, it's another level. Doing it in 2010, going in to it, you didn't know what to expect at the Olympics. It's an awesome tournament, just a really fun thing to be a part of."
Brown and Quick were members of the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the Vancouver Olympics.
Thirteen players with Olympic experience were named to the roster. Here's a link to USA Hockey's formal announcement.
The forwards, besides Brown and Backes, are the Rangers’
Before the announcement, Fowler told The Times' Lance Pugmire that he was "a little nervous." Fowler added, "Something to be excited about, you never know what's going to happen. I feel like I've put myself in position to at least have my name thrown out there, so we'll see what they say. I'm a confident player, I know what I can bring to this team. I've had my ups and downs in past years, but I knew the situation I was put in this year and I think I've been able to respond to that pretty well. I think that's what USA hockey and the Ducks wanted to see.
"I don't want to have any expectations. There's a lot of good hockey players fighting for those spots…. I know some of the guys that are on the bubble, they're all having great years. It comes to personnel and what kind of style they're looking for. I'm happy I'm in the position I'm in, just a little bit nervous about it."
We'll have more on this story later.