February 21, 2018

Garrett Roe: NHL disappointment opens door for Olympic glory

10 February 2018, 06:21 | Randolph Howard

Mark Reis | Colorado Spring Gazette

Shaun White performs in the men’s snowboard halfpipe event in the Sochi Olympics last year. This year White looks to add another gold medal to his collections

But Greenway has embraced the storyline - and why not? That smallish kid rejected on the snowy prairies of Canada would grow up to become the greatest USA -born player, win three Stanley Cups with Montreal and Detroit, captain his hometown Blackhawks, and ascend to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Kelly has played 16 games for the Belleville Senators in the American Hockey League this season and has two assists and is a -1 with 10 penalty minutes.

Jonathan Toews and the rest of the best in the NHL may not be here in South Korea, but the Chicago Blackhawks captain has a vested interest in the Olympic men's hockey tournament just the same.

The chances of there ever being another great Olympic hockey story were always wind-chill low, but the NHL thought it would take a chance. In Boston, while leaving a game against the Bruins with his Buffalo Sabres teammates, he recalls fans breaking a window on the team bus, calling James a "n---". "Every Canadian kid, it's their dream to play in the Olympics and pull that jersey on".

It was a brutal loss for everyone associated with the US hockey team.

"Somebody mentioned along the way that he started at USA Hockey the mentality was 'Let's go out there and not get embarrassed and try to compete, '" Gionta said. "You see more African Americans playing other sports like basketball and football".

The makeup of the team that Gionta touts was the result of the work of Jim Johannson, the general manager of the US men's national team and the assistant executive director of USA Hockey.

As a result, the roster is made up of players with different experiences and a variety of backgrounds.

The absence of NHL players and the doping scandal that has ensnared Russian Federation will only add to the pressure facing their men's Olympic ice hockey team, who arguably have the best chance in decades to win gold.

And then along comes the PyeongChang Games and the best-on-best men's hockey event is lost to the stubbornness and greed of the board room. And the 6-foot-5, 230 pound forward was thrust further into the spotlight after winning gold at the World Juniors a year ago.

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If authorities were following protocol, Terrell said, that disclosure would have been sent to the White House Counsel's office. His view didn't change in June when the Federal Bureau of Investigation flagged some of its findings to the White House.

"Whenever you get a chance to represent your country, you do it", Chelios said by phone recently.

Roy tells 570 NEWS he had a hard time keeping it under wraps when he got the call saying he would be on the Olympic team.

Playing in the Olympics is something John McCarthy (CAS'09) says he dreamed about as a kid. But I don't think it made a huge impact on the quality of hockey I could play when I came back. "It's a unique opportunity and certainly we all wish it was closer to home but I think it's going to be a terrific experience".

"It's one of the best rivalries in women's sports or in sports in general", said Brianna Decker, a Team USA forward who will compete at her second Olympic games in PyeongChang.

"We're not going in there with an idea to participate in the Olympics; we want to come home with a medal and that's the standard of USA Hockey".

Following its own investigations, the IOC bans the Russian Olympic Committee from the Pyeongchang Games but says clean Russian athletes will be able to take part as neutral competitors. I think that's how teams succeed is you don't want to disappoint that guy that's sitting next to you. Obviously, if we play our best, and the team wins, and an National Hockey League opportunity arises, that's a whole different thing.

More important, it meant being in a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend - now his wife - Brittany, who was a year away from completing her master's degree. If not, then we worldwide hockey fans will be left feeling empty once every four Februarys, but at least we'll still have the WJC. "The goal is 26 medals and a lot of people think we will surpass that and have our greatest winter Olympics ever". He played five seasons in the National Hockey League, appearing in 62 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. Hannah Brandt will be playing in her first Olympics for Team USA after representing her country in the 2012, '15 and '17 World Championships.

Indeed, as we enter 2018, it's a barrier that's finally been broken.

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