Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

'Cut from every team possible,' ex-Ranger has chance at Olympic glory

'Cut from every team possible,' ex-Ranger has chance at Olympic glory

This month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will see Jordan Greenway become the first-ever black player to compete for the U.S. at ice hockey since the games began in 1920. The 2002 and 2010 Men's teams also brought home silvers, their first medals since the Miracle on Ice. "We went hunting for all the small differences and changes we could so that we could make sure to have success here in 2018".

"A lot of people say they're the ones that have the most experience, the best careers, so they will certainly be a team at the top of the list when you look at it", USA head coach Tony Granato told reporters last month.

Canada, driving for five straight gold medals, is confident of its position as favorites.

Said Scrivens: "We have a bunch of (defencemen) who are mobile".

Schuler added, "Obviously, when you represent Canada, you're going after one medal, but when you look back at it, the whole grandeur of things, then you realize it was a golden moment for all of women's hockey".

The women's tournament will open Saturday at Kwandong Hockey Centre, highlighted by the unified North/South Korean team making its debut against Switzerland, which became a first-time women's hockey medalist by winning bronze in 2014. The third-place team will face the second-place team from Group B in one quarterfinal, while the fourth-place team will face the victor of Group B. The top two Group A teams are given byes into separate semifinals - increasing the odds that the best two teams, the USA and Canada will play for the gold medal.

Russia, playing in front of a partisan crowd at the 2014 Sochi Games, gave up three unanswered goals to Finland after having scored first in the quarter-final, ending their tournament.

The USOC also guaranteed each player will receive a monthly $2,000 training stipend to be paid year around.

"Our group is a fantastic mix of experience but incredible energy and youth". More African Americans, more Hispanics, more people who really haven't been associated with our game across the country. We live, and die, by how our teams do. It's a fantastic group. And Shani Davis will be the first US speedskater to race in five Olympiads. "There's a lot of great hockey players".

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In past years when Canada made the hockey finals, bars have hosted sold-out crowds, sometimes necessitating wait lists or extending party spaces with heated patios and rooftops.

"With Brian as an older leader, I guarantee he's got that team in place and everybody hanging together and being together", Eruzione said in a recent interview with NBC Olympics. "The parity is phenomenal". She's on a similar career path as legend Bonnie Blair, who qualified for her first Games at age 19, though she didn't medal, eventually won five Olympic golds in her decorated career. The college is in an educational partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard federation, promising four days of class and three days on the slopes.

"In the KHL we have lots of players on first lines - forwards and defencemen", Vladislav Tretyak, a former Soviet-era goaltender who is now president of the Russian hockey federation, told Reuters.

"When you get into hockey you enjoy it", said Desjardins. It's really comfortable for us. The tournament could be held in National Hockey League arenas throughout the US and Canada, which wouldn't require the players to travel across the world. "Hopefully these kids go out, try something different, play hockey, and hopefully I see a lot more playing in the near future".

Those excuses may sound reasonable, but the truth is that the National Hockey League isn't sending their players to the Olympics for one simple reason. It's gone into OT. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. "It always matters, but I think in this one, the underdog - if you have an elite goalie - can really do some damage".

Only Duggan never specifically mentioned Canada.

No Olympic loss, however, stung as much as the 2014 gold medal defeat in Sochi.

"This is a different group".

"I left home when I was 15 chasing the hockey dream", recalled the 25-year-old Saulnier.

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