Olympics drive growth of women's hockey

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2018

His ABC of coaching includes lessons learned behind the bench of Adler Mannheim, the Billings Bighorns and Calgary Flames, not to mention a host of other teams around the globe.

Matt Dalton is expected to be South Korea's starting goalie for every game at the Olympics.

"There's no question hockey fans, everybody's talking about they'd like to see Sidney Crosby and company and we do understand that", King said after Canada's first practice at the Games.

"I don't think it's a token, 'Here kid, we're going to try to get our black quota of players up so we can get your story out there'. I think it's going to be competitive".

"I think that is what people will latch onto quickly with this club". In fact, one in five hockey viewers say they're not going to watch this time around.

The doping scandal continues to plague the Russian athletes, and earlier this week worldwide anti-doping officers interrupted the Russian women's Olympic hockey team mid-practice with an unannounced inspection.

"To be centre stage at the Olympics is pretty awesome". It may be different if we were going for a medal. "So this is the only group and the last group ever to get this opportunity". With the puck set to drop in less than 24 hours, the coaching staff, with the backing of the players, made the decision to forgo the festivities and rest up for their first game against Finland. "They have a bunch of ex-NHL players with Kovalchuk and Datsyuk".

"I'm focusing on my own programs, but to have the team atmosphere in the kiss-and-cry (area) and the podium, it's so incredible".

"We're here to leave everything out on the ice and play with our hearts".

"Everyone knows where we're from. It doesn't matter who's wearing the jersey, Canadians can play hockey". And that's hard work, that's passionate, that's leaving everything on the ice.

Olympics drive growth of women's hockey

Lee is the one member of the roster never to have played in the National Hockey League. He spent two years bouncing between minor leagues before the Russian KHL came calling.

Then there are those from France and Italy, countries that have medal hopefuls in individual events but not enough depth across the four disciplines to realistically compete for a team medal. The field is essentially wide open without the best hockey players in the world competing. The answer is Gilbert Brule and Andrew Ebbett. Caroline Ouellette, who played on Team Canada since 2002, has also retired.

One of the most dynamic and offensively talented players is also the youngest: Sweden defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who's projected to be the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft in June.

The Canadians have played in 13 different leagues. But he's had people in his corner. "All you're looking for is an opportunity to make the most and be the best that you can be for that period of time".

"I'm for sure grateful about that because we ended up here".

"Some kids are in college, some guys have kids", Roe said.

There are some obvious reasons for the seemingly widespread disinterest starting with the chosen site location in South Korea. She's been through this a bunch of times.

"You would have to look at the Russian team and think that they'd be the odds-on favorite", Slovak coach Craig Ramsay said.

Asked if he had chosen a No. 1, Desjardins said: "Not yet".

The men and women will both play their tournaments over two week starting February 10. "So either guy can play". That's how they advance in a lot of cases, right? Calgary mountain climber and motivational speaker Jamie Clarke, who has reached the summit of Mount Everest twice, is with the team here and is regularly consulted by the players.

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