Sharks’ Pavelski named to U.S. Olympic team 

For the second consecutive Winter Olympics, Joe Pavelski will trade in the teal for the red, white and blue.

The Sharks forward helped Team USA earn a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and will look to take home a gold in Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics kick off Feb. 7. Pavelski has 16 goals and 21 assists in 40 games this season for the Sharks.

The 25-man roster was revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic. At the Sochi Games, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler. John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans. The goalies are Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.

Veterans lead U.S. women’s hockey team: Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the United States at Sochi. Among them is Julie Chu, who is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already got. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles. Also on the team is Hilary Knight, who was born in San Francisco before moving to the Chicago area when she was 5 years old.

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