Winter Games Athletes
Fowler is enjoying a breakout season for Anaheim, and has been rewarded by being named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team. He is one of five Team USA defensemen 25 years old or younger, as the selection committee opted for young, athletic blueliners. The 22-year-old is one of the youngest to represent America in the Olympics since 1998, but is no stranger to the Team USA program or the international game. He was part of America’s 2010 world junior championship team that beat Canada, and was named the tournament’s top defenseman of the 2009 under-18 championship after tallying one goal and seven assists. He also represented Team USA at the 2011 and '12 world championships. He's been instrumental to Anaheim’s push for the Pacific Division crown in his fourth NHL season, leading the team in ice time per game and quarterbacking the Ducks’ power play. Four of his six goals have come with the extra skater, also added 25 assists overall. Though he has excellent stickhandling and skating skills for a defenseman, Fowler is also a strong defender. He is among the NHL leaders in blocked shots and is part of Anaheim’s penalty kill for the first time in his career. Fowler was born in Canada and has dual citizenship, with his mother being from the United States. His family moved to Michigan before his second birthday, and he had a full scholarship to play college hockey at Notre Dame before turning it down to begin his pro career in the Ontario Hockey League.