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Team Canada names their leadership group for 2018 Olympics

Pyeongchang Olympic Villages Olympic Rings Exterior Team Canada names their leadership group for 2018 Olympics
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 06:39

"The players understand that, and you will see a team that gets pucks to the net more than we have in the past".

It's much the same story for the other usual contenders, led by Sweden and Finland.

Meanwhile, the United States and Canada will feature mostly makeshift rosters that, while still possessing potential medal-level talent, don't possess almost the amount of star power they would if the likes of Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews were eligible.

The absence of NHL players at the Olympics also could open a door for women's hockey to take the spotlight.

The Americans begin play on February 11, facing a Finnish team that it beat 8-2 in November's Four Nations Cup.

While Gionta is the most recent full-time National Hockey League player, having been a regular just last season, he isn't the only American with a long National Hockey League résumé. "It always matters, but I think in this one, the underdog - if you have an elite goalie - can really do some damage".

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But Stauber and his players remained focused on the first game and would not be drawn on whether they could reclaim their Olympic title from their North American rivals. Granato said the U.S.

Boston College head coach Jerry York directs his team during team practice for the NCAA men's college hockey Frozen Four tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Philadelphia. The rosters for every team can be found here. "I think that's a bad representation of the people that are going over there and competing in these games".

Americans Troy Terry, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Donato and Will Borgen are now playing college hockey.

"The tournament in general is going to be built with teams with lots of guys that this is the greatest event for them and they didn't necessarily think they were going to get this opportunity", Canada GM Sean Burke said. Slovenia being in a group with the United States, Slovakia and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation will not be an easy schedule for Slovenia.

Team USA star Hilary Knight said in November a change in approach, allowing for a more free-wheeling, offensive game plan, has the US squad in a better place than four years ago, when the Canada won both meetings to take gold in Sochi.

Although the Canadians are the four-time defending Olympic champions, the United States won the Four Nations Cup in November.