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Continued: Meet the Minnesota Olympians

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Age: 26

Height/weight: 6-0, 202

Position: Forward

Olympic experience: Second (2010)

Twitter handle: @PKessel81

Bio: A two-time NHL All-Star with a huge shot, Kessel is an elite scorer whose game has grown since he scored a single goal in the 2010 Olympics. After signing an eight-year contract extension with Toronto last October, he is on pace to score 30 goals for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Kessel, whose 37 goals and 45 assists last season led all Americans in the NHL, is likely to play on a line with Maple Leafs linemate James van Riemsdyk as the U.S. hopes to quickly build chemistry in Sochi.

BLAKE WHEELER

Robbinsdale/Gophers • men’s hockey

Age: 27

Height/weight: 6-5, 205

Position: Forward

Olympic experience: First

Twitter handle: @BiggieFunke

Bio: Wheeler, a towering winger with good speed and skating ability, was a bit of a surprise pick. A mainstay in the Winnipeg offense, his game heated up in December, when he had 10 goals and four assists in 14 games. Wheeler played at Breck, three seasons with the Gophers and was a teammate of Kessel as a freshman. He scored two goals and had three assists in his last international tournament, the 2011 world championships.

AMANDA KESSEL

Gophers • women’s hockey

Age: 22

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