High expectations for Team Canada medal tally

Canada v United States

NHL players will not compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, completely changing the dynamic of the men's hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

During the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia had so many people glued to their screens that Toronto and Edmonton malls and office towers rolled out lounges where fans could catch competitions if they couldn't nab a seat at a pub.

The City of Toronto has passed legislation allowing licensed bars and restaurants to start serving alcohol at 7 a.m. ET on February 19, 23 and 24, when the semi-final and final men's and women's hockey games will be played. "He's such a great leader and he's won some Cups and gold medals ... what better way to get motivated than hearing words from a player like that".

Said Scrivens: "We have a bunch of (defencemen) who are mobile".

There's always talk at the Olympics about the need for teams to come together quickly on the ice and in the room. "And when you have that, good things happen".

Take it from Meghan Duggan, captain of the top-ranked US women's ice hockey team, that these are the players to thwart Canada in its drive for five straight Olympic gold medals.

The top four teams - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation - are in Group A. Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and Korea are in Group B. After round-robin play the top two teams in Group A will get a bye into the semifinals. And while his race - obviously - has no tangible impact on his play, Greenway is well aware of the far-reaching impact that his inclusion on the US national team may have.

"Our group is a fantastic mix of experience but incredible energy and youth".

"It was huge", captain Meghan Duggan said of the labor dispute. "When the Americans go to a tournament now, we expect to do well and win and compete for a medal".

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. It's a fantastic group. "It was for future generations of women sports in the USA and around the world". Despite their competitive nature in the rink, the two have encouraged each other to be great hockey players.

Laura Schuler has been good at hockey since she was a 10-year-old girl in Scarborough, Canada. "The parity is phenomenal".

The team played a 61-game pre-Olympic schedule against foreign, college and professional teams, ultimately finishing with a 42-16-3 record. The U.S. lost all four of those games, two by shutouts.

"Quite frankly, we believe that we can score more than we have and we've made it a very strong focus point because at the end of the day it's really a very simple game: whoever scores more goals, wins", he said.

"Just like all the guys, we're trying to get to know each other and at the same time try to support each other", said Peters. It's really a mind-set.

"That part of it is hard, but we make it work", Gilroy said. Sunday, however, will feature the two Group A teams everyone cares about: Team USA and Team Canada. Being challenged along the way would help the future of the game and make a third straight showdown that much sweeter.

"We have previously made clear that while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA, etc.) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject", the NHL said in a statement at the time. She scored the medal-winning goal both times. It's gone into OT. But make no mistake, numerous team's veterans are ready to see the fresh faces seize their Olympic Games moment.

"I don't think there is a bigger one than this, but I could be wrong". However, they tend to raise their game when the stakes are highest.

"This is a different group".

The Boston University forward was preparing for his junior year last summer when he heard that USA Hockey might be calling on collegians and minor-league pros to fill out its Olympic roster. "We really looked ourselves in the mirror". We're excited to be here.

The first game of the tournament will see Japan take on Sweden at 2:40 a.m. ET.

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