"Finns, Sweden, Czech, the US, they're really good", Kovalchuk told reporters last month. The pair played together on Wisconsin's 1982-83 national championship team.
While that may work Sunday, it's more likely the Americans are going to have to display patience in their offensive zone in order to pick apart Finland's defense and not leave breakaway opportunities for their opponents to capitalize on.
"We were on the wrong end of the result, but I still have pretty cool and vivid memories to this day". The Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation, who are able to compete, though not officially for the country because of a widespread doping scandal, are favored to win gold. Ice hockey usually generates a lot of pre-Olympic buzz, but not this year with the household names staying home.
The men's hockey tournament starts Wednesday, Feb. 14 and concludes with the gold medal game on Feb. 24.
The Olympic Women's Ice Hockey tournament will begin on Saturday, Feb. 10 and conclude with the gold medal game on Saturday, Feb. 22.
"All American athletes, we come from different backgrounds, we all have different heritage and we're very diverse", Eruzione said.
"We have a really good mix of girls who have felt that pain and haven't felt that", said two-time silver medalist Kacey Bellamy, a defenseman who is one of two assistant captains along with forward Brianna Decker. No Russian national anthem will be played for any gold medal victor from the country. Now she says it's up to the current roster. "Let's roll the dice with the eldest of the trio, Ferreira, who played second fiddle to Wise through the World Cup build-up to the Games".
Roy won an OHL title and Memorial Cup with Kitchener in 2003.
"We are ready. We are well prepared", coach Laura Schuler said. But Canada beat US in the four most recent exhibition games. "But it's so much better when you get there", Desjardins said of the opening ceremonies.
"Probably the one that's really going to motivate me and inspire me through this tournament is probably the World Juniors past year. Once those players get there, it's going to be an exciting time", said Johnson.
"We know what happened the last time around, and we don't need to be reminded of it", Kessel explained.
The edge in net goes to Canada: goaltender Shannon Szabados is going for her third gold and Genevieve Lacasse won her first in 2014. "We only have three tickets on Canada".
That never came about, and 2014 in Sochi, Russia didn't pan out, but this year, he said they came to him and asked Simpson to join the broadcast team. "She's a big physical presence in the net, and obviously has a great history".
Keeping the puck in front of the Finnish goal will also help goalie Nicole Hensley ease into the Olympic stage. One of those he's talked to about the experience is BU Athletics director of development Mike Eruzione (SED'77), captain of the 1980 US Olympic gold medal-winning "Miracle on Ice" squad, who told him to savor the whole process and the excitement around the event. "Jordan is a big, literally a big, force, and a big guy on this team, and hopefully his impact, and what he'll do out there - hopefully more families who watch the olympics will be drawn to our team and the success that we have". Shiffrin, 22, is a minus 400 favorite to win her second straight gold in slalom.
Just like every team in the loaded Group A, Finland has a chance to medal in Pyeongchang, but in order to earn anything other than bronze, it must prove it belongs with the United States and Canada. Enjoy it. It's a great opportunity.' He has represented the United States before at the World Junior Championships so he knows what it's about.