"So I just hope that I can be another guy - as well as Dustin Byfuglien, Willie O'Ree, Seth Jones - to have someone else to look up to, so that kids can say, 'He went out and tried something different'". Everybody knows what they bring to the group and everyone has that buy-in, team-first mentality.
At 39, Gionta is also the team's oldest player, almost twice the age of the youngest player, 20-year-old Troy Terry. Capitals defenseman and two-time former Olympian Brooks Orpik said it was disappointing that American stars like Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews will miss out on their first opportunity to compete on the Olympic stage. He was on an AHL roster before leaving for the Winter Olympics, with Belleville, the minor league affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. While leaving those national team stalwarts at home left many pundits and fans with questions, the players on the roster have used the lead-up to the Games to find their focus. The team has won bronze at three different world tournaments.
After a final exhibition game against Sweden in Incheon on Sunday, Canada begins its quest for a third straight gold medal February 15 against Switzerland.
"The whole lap you've got a big huge smile on your face", said forward Derek Roy. "Besides that, a lot of similarities". It energized us through that, through the World Championships that came right on the heels of that. Five other teams have better than 10/1 odds to finish the tournament in first place. "So, I've done it as a player, as a fan, as an assistant coach in Sochi with National Hockey League players and now I get to go back to the Olympic stage and there's nothing better as an athlete or as an American than to wear the red, white and blue and go to an Olympic stage", said Granato.
"It's a highly skilled bunch of guys that will be in the Olympics". If you ever thought its owners and Commissioner Gary Bettman cared to see how high their game could climb, you have been relieved of your delusion. "I think that reflects very well on the type of people that hockey produces".
One of the worst ideas the NHL had prior to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey was redesigning several teams' jerseys. Johannson, 53, died in his sleep on January 21. "It's obviously different, but we play a team sport and everyone deserves to be on the team so ... hopefully we can come together and click well and click quickly to try and achieve our goal".
"And as far as hockey, it's brought me back my confidence. I've got three daughters and just to see them put a smile on my face". The expectation is to win.
Greenway played for BU in the Beanpot on Monday night, assisting on the Terriers' second goal in a 3-2, double-overtime victory over Harvard. She scored those now-infamous gold-medal goals at each of the past two Olympic Winter Games.
"You would have to look at the Russian team and think that they'd be the odds-on favorite", Slovak coach Craig Ramsay said. Erin Jackson, 25, and Maame Biney, 18, made history when they became the first African-American women to qualify for the US speed skating team.
"It was certainly a tough loss for us", said Reagan Carey, the team's general manager in Sochi and here in Pyeongchang. That indeed is the key to success at the Olympics, along with special teams and great goaltending.
"I think a lot of what I'll do is similar to what I've done before", Gionta said about approaching his role as captain.
"He's finding his way both as a player and in the style of hockey that it is - a little bit more time, a little bit more puck possession", Johannson told the Associated Press in November.
And you can't really leave it until the next evening because getting through the entire day without the results being heard over the office radio, via a bud's email, or through some other social media, seems infinitesimal. "You just need to accelerate that process in a short tournament like this".