(HockeyStL) -- The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just a few weeks away and USA hockey decided to announce its roster this afternoon because of it.
Three Blues players will be making the trip. Forward David Backes and T.J. Oshie along with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk all were selected to the team.
Backes is representing his country for the fifth time in his career. He appeared in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships in addition to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The 24-year old Shattenkirk is making his fourth appearance in a Team USA jersey but first at the Olympics.
Oshie, meanwhile, will be representing his country for the fifth time. But, like Shattenkirk, it'll be his first Olympics experience.