Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada announces leadership group

Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada announces leadership group

In the days leading to Friday's opening ceremony, several bars across the country said they hadn't had anyone reserve tables for viewing Olympic events yet, but hoped bookings would pick up after the opening ceremony, which usually amps up the Olympics hype.

A number of the women's players from Team USA and Team Canada played with or against each other in college - turning former teammates into arch rivals.

The 2002 Salt Lake City Games, when Canada captured its first Olympic gold medal in women's hockey, inspired a nine-year-old Saulnier. (Canada beat Sweden in the 2006 gold-medal game in Turin.) Never mind the powerful US team has won the past four world championships (and seven of the past eight) and three consecutive 4 Nations Cup titles (five of seven); Canada feels good about its game heading into the Games.

Facing Canada again is a tantalizing prospect, but Duggan said the Americans aren't looking beyond their opener against Finland.

Ice Hockey player Brian Gionta speaks during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City.

Canada finished that series stronger than it started.

"Finns, Sweden, Czech, the USA, they're really good", Kovalchuk told reporters last month. 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.

The Canadian roster includes 14 players who helped Canada defeat the US 3-2 in overtime at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation are the favorites.

Is there a fear that Canada can not win gold without input from Pearn?




Even though Team Canada should not be favoured to win gold, they should be definite contenders for an Olympic medal.

The men and women will both play their tournaments over two week starting February 10. They're coming off a flawless showing at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, where they outscored opponents - and this is completely serious - by a combined score of 98-1.

Chris Kelly of Toronto, Ontario has been named the captain for Team Canada in men's hockey at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Kelly called his selection to the Olympic team "a huge honour - a dream come true". "Some players have a sense for the game".

The Russian athletes aren't far behind Canada with 1,955 National Hockey League points. And in an Olympics where player selection took on a new set of challenges, he crafted a team high in character, Granato said.

Despite dominating Canada prior to the recent six-game series, the United States made a couple of eye-opening decisions with its roster, cutting veterans Alex Carpenter - the daughter of former National Hockey League star Bobby Carpenter - and Megan Bozek. "The overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players", the league said.

"Quite frankly our goalies will be the first to say that they know what their job is - it's to be ready", Stauber said. "We (as coaches and general managers) can say it, but when you see Brad Marchand or any of our superstar players take on a different role because they know that's going to help the team be successful, that's the best teaching you can do".

Winning is the team's priority, he made clear, but he's also been urging his players to look around and appreciate their surroundings, to soak in all the experience has to offer. The only time Canada didn't win (1998), they still got the silver medal. I think they could be the one story that galvanizes everyone.

Canada, driving for five straight gold medals, is confident of its position as favorites. In the IIHF rankings Finland is third, Russian Federation fourth and Sweden fifth. Here's more on Sweden from The Ice Garden, SB Nation's women's hockey blog. Raty is a two-time NCAA champion with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and is playing in her fourth Olympics. The veterans on this team are so incredibly poised. We're going to be a team that's extremely hard to play against and hopefully extremely hard to beat. She said the USA has upped its mental toughness in preparation for PyeongChang as they aim to earn their first Olympic gold in 20 years.

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