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The United States men’s hockey team opens its quest for Olympic glory on Wednesday against Slovenia. Head coach Tony Granato is hoping to lead the Americans on to the medal podium, but it will be an uphill task with a roster of college and AHL players.
Any American shot of winning Group B, which also includes Olympic Athletes of Russia and Slovakia, goes through the Russians and their roster loaded with NHL experience. While the long-term goal of a medal may be tough to attain, Wednesday’s opener should present the Americans with an easy victory.
It has become customary to watch NHL players in the Olympics. Since the 1998 Nagano Games, the world’s best hockey players meet every four years in the ultimate display of national pride and for international bragging rights. The Olympic tournament has united nations and vindicated others torn apart. This time, it’s a group of underdogs that will attempt to write another chapter into USA Hockey lore.
The United States is searching for its first gold medal since the “Miracle On Ice” happened on home soil in 1980. The American team has attempted to capture the hearts of those back home in recent Olympics, but it only has two silver medals to boast in the intervening 38 years.
There’s hope that the collection of college and minor league players will be able to channel the enthusiasm and underdog spirit of the 1980 squad in order to make a deep run into the tournament.