5 keys to Team USA men's hockey winning Olympic Gold


"It's incumbent on us to make sure we are continually pushing the envelope and getting ourselves to the games we want to be in". The Swedish won Olympic medals in 2002 and 2006, including a shocking upset of Team USA in the semifinals 12 years ago, but they've finished fourth at the past two Olympic tournaments.

The Canton, New York, native was in the 2015 NHL draft but is in the midst of completing his final year at Boston University. Team USA is the largest delegation ever sent to a Winter Olympics.

In 1988, a year after his UW playing career ended, he was picked for the U.S. team that went 2-3 in group play in Calgary and missed the final round. It's one of the best rivalries in sport, and I might be a little bit biased. "I'm just trying to get more and more of those kids to try and go out and do something different".

Matt Kittle, the general manager of Red Card Sports Bar, had his fingers crossed that the City of Vancouver would approve an application he submitted to allow his business to serve alcohol during popular morning sports.

"Everyone is kind of itching to go right now".

In honor of their ranking, here are five keys to Team USA winning Gold in Pyeongchang. One game was tied, back in 2004 when such a thing was allowed to happen.

"His style of coaching is very motivational". Arguably, Team USA would have been the favorites to come out of this group, with only Russia posing a real challenge.

It's not like Team Canada hasn't made late changes before.

The Canadian women meanwhile have an immense amount of momentum heading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. We just got back from an eight-day road trip where we played in four cities that were like at the ends of the earth. This proud Maritimer is aware that that perspective on one of our local sporting strongholds may be considered blasphemous.

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 NHL star Bobby Carpenter - and Megan Bozek.

"I sensed it in World Championships", U.S. coach Robb Stauber said. But at the same time, this is a dream of mine that I thought was out of reach, but now it's come true.

Which is also why as an executive he's leaving no stone unturned, which includes giving Toews the floor to address his team. They have all experienced different moments, different pressures at the Olympics. The women's finals are Feb. 23, and Team USA has three top competitors: Marino, Anderson and Hailey Langland. She was here over New Year's and we've been to some pretty cool places together.

"I think we can compete with any of them", he said. In the IIHF rankings Finland is third, Russia fourth and Sweden fifth.

Finland's goaltender Noora Raty made 39 saves. She's been through this a bunch of times. "When (Schuler) stuck her hand out to tell me I was an Olympian, it was a feeling of joy and a feeling of relief. And that's how we will run our team".

Granato already has some pages written in his Olympics story.