Winter Games Athletes
Van Riemsdyk will be making his first appearance in the Olympics, though he's no stranger to international competition. The winger has played 34 games for Team USA, scoring 18 goals while playing on the under-18 team, in the world junior championships and in the 2011 worlds. Van Riemsdyk also has made his presence felt since entering the NHL in 2009-10. He was selected by Philadelphia with the second overall pick in 2007 behind Chicago's Patrick Kane, marking the only time in league history that Americans were selected with the first two picks. After three years with the Flyers, van Riemsdyk was traded to Toronto prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 season and helped the Maple Leafs reach the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons while scoring 18 goals. The 24-year-old solidified his spot on Team USA with a solid 2013-14 campaign, and his 24 goals already surpass his previous career high of 21 set in 2010-11. Van Riemsdyk is a big forward, though he's considered more of a playmaker and doesn't play extremely physical. He uses his size in front of the net well and also has a quick wrist shot. Van Riemsdyk will be joined in Sochi by Toronto teammate Phil Kessel.