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. That's what I expect of you is to do your best, whether you bring home the gold or not.Try to bring home the gold, and if you don't, that's okay.
Sean Burke, general manager of the Canadian national men's hockey team, believes people will still get behind the tournament and Team Canada due to their pride.
"This Olympics is wide open for a lot of reasons", Granato said. Some players are talented. The best way to do that is to have the most teams participating as possible. "There are stories that we know about all of them that hopefully everyone will know in a couple of weeks". We all know how sports works. You see so many shots. When the two teams met in the gold-medal game, the US had a 2-0 lead late in the third period.
Kessel suffered more than a loss to Canada in the Sochi Olympics.
"The goaltending matters, too, in an event like this", NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire said. I think I've found a great niche here.
Who's the underdog? It's fair to say host South Korea, in its first Olympics in men's hockey, fits that bill, along with Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.
It's been 20 years since Team USA won the gold in the inaugural Olympic women's ice hockey tournament.
"Finns, Sweden, Czech, the US, they're really good", Kovalchuk told reporters last month. There were parts of the experience I didn't enjoy. While hard-core GTA puckheads might be able to tell you that Goloubef, who is from Oakville, played his minor hockey with the Toronto Marlboros before spending time at the University of Wisconsin as a second-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets - well, the rest of us required a Google search. And to be honest, I didn't think it was going to happen before I graduated college.
However the one area of Kelly's game that season which was the most impressive was his defense. The top two teams will receive a bye to the semifinals, so both Team USA and Canada could advance to opposite ends of the draw - if they defeat the other two teams in the group.
For worldwide hockey fans, the NHL's lack of participation in the Olympics has left a major void.
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. Most of the rosters are made up of journeymen plying their trade in pro leagues in Europe, such as Czech Republic captain Martin Erat, Germany's Christian Ehrhoff and Canada's Ben Scrivens.
Jordan Greenway didn't have much time to think about being a pioneer.
"Younger athletes have the advantage of faster physical recovery as well as an attitude of 'nothing to lose, ' which allows them to leave it all on the field of play", she said.
"There's no secret behind it: When strong, passionate women get together, they have the ability to change the world", Duggan says.
That never came about, and 2014 in Sochi, Russia didn't pan out, but this year, he said they came to him and asked Simpson to join the broadcast team.
Roe's journey from Vienna to Pyeongchang has been a winding road that's taken him through four leagues in four different countries. He knows the worldwide game so, that's a strength.
Imagine today. Imagine Connor McDavid and John Tavares for Canada, Auston Matthews and Johnny Gaudreau for the U.S. Or Rickard Rakell for Sweden and Nikita Kucherov for Russian Federation.
While the team will be together for the first time on February 10, Gionta is confident it can come together quickly.
The U.S. squad includes 10 African-Americans, 11 Asian-Americans and its first two openly gay athletes. She spent four years at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y.
"When you walk into an ice rink in Southern California, the population or the clientele is different in those rinks than maybe they are in some of our northern rinks, or traditional hockey markets". They've played against each other; they've played with each other. "These guys can play".
As a result, the roster is made up of players with different experiences and a variety of backgrounds.