If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.
The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.
It will be crucial for the U.S. to get off to a flying start in their opening game against Slovakia, as the top four teams at the end of the preliminary round will automatically advance to the quarterfinals.
Major injuries and the larger European ice surface have added a further element of unpredictability to the already difficult task of forecasting the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament.
The hockey competition was stellar in Vancouver in 2010, and it should be the same this time around. It’s the depth of talent that makes this tournament so watchable.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White comforted and cheered their fellow Americans on a tough first night of competition for the U.S. in the new Olympic event of team figure skating.
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was named captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics. Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown will serve as alternate captains.
U.S. Olympians will march into the Sochi Winter Games in a few weeks adorned head to toe in something that cannot be called unpatriotic but is already being labeled as a fashion faux pas on a global scale.
The fact that the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in the middle of an NHL season basically defies explanation. Too many things can happen, and none of them are good.
In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.
If Kyle Okposo was to scream bloody murder right now, there aren’t that many people out there who would blame him. But that’s not really his style.
USA Hockey will bring a tremendously experienced and deep squad to Sochi in hopes of capturing the gold medal.
With 19 points, he has more than any other American skater. Among NHL leaders, only Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Henrik Sedin have more. He is Kyle Okposo, the former No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Boosted by their 2010 experience, Team USA Hockey thinks winning the Gold medal is possible at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The New York Islanders are fortunate to have six hopeful Olympians, five of which will probably make the final cut to represent their respective countries. What impact does that have and what are their odds?