ST. LOUIS -- The past 12 months have been pretty sweet for St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
The 24-year-old signed a four-year contract extension worth $17 million in the off-season, he's on pace for his best season and he was recently selected to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
"It was quite an experience not knowing going into it," Shattenkirk said of his selection to the U.S. roster. "You never know. It can go any which way. You never know who they are going to pick because there's such a great pool of players now. It was fun to see my name. I got a lot of support, a lot of text messages and phone calls from a lot of friends and family. So it was a very cool experience."
It's something Shattenkirk has thought about for a long time, since he was a kid growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., and idolizing former Rangers and U.S. Olympic defenseman Brian Leetch.
When Shattenkirk was invited to the U.S. Olympic Orientation Camp in...