While the US chose to go with a mostly experienced squad, four skaters now playing college hockey made the team: F Troy Terry (currently playing for defending NCAA champ Denver), F Jordan Greenway (Boston University), D Will Borgen (St. Cloud State) and F Ryan Donato (Harvard). Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left.
The Olympic Games have followed the same pattern since women's hockey made its debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has decided not to send its professional players to compete at these Winter Olympics, which dealt a major blow to the United States team, but Granato believes that his team has what it takes to be a champion at PyeongChang.
With captain Brian Gionta off for tripping, the U.S. got a couple of scares when Slovenia hit the post early on the power play and then nearly scored moments later. It was a huge goal for the former New York Rangers prospect and a reminder that, in the absence of National Hockey League players, this tournament is truly wide open.
The United States men's hockey team looked to have a win wrapped up in their Olympic opener in Pyeongchang. He finished his Red Wings career with four points in 46 games before moving to the KHL. The 29-year-old defenseman also spent six years in the AHL.
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The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation get a chance to prove why they are the gold-medal favorites in men's ice hockey when the competition begins on Wednesday.
This time, it's a group of underdogs that will attempt to write another chapter into USA Hockey lore. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime, and I have a huge sense of pride being able to put on the U.S. jersey and play in the Olympics". Give them credit. All-in-all, I liked the way we played.
Slovenia, playing in its second Olympic hockey tournament ever, was outplayed most of the game by an American team that appeared much faster and more composed. Sweden lost to Canada in the 2006 Olympic final.
"It's a short tournament so you have to be sharp right from the beginning and be willing to play whatever role comes your way. We're just really excited for them".