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The Canadian women's ice hockey team head into the Winter Olympics as the underdogs to a top-ranked USA squad, but they know they have a mission to fulfill: a fifth straight gold medal.

"I'll take a break from the national program and do more regional and provincial duties", Ryan said.

A whirlwind schedule upon landing included being outfitted with Olympic gear, getting checked into the Olympic village, visits to their rooms where Hockey Canada set up pictures of their families, a briefing on taking precautions amid the norovirus outbreak and, finally, a visit to the rink.

Following the gold medal game on February 21, which many anticipate will be Canada versus the United States, Ryan will remain with the team in Calgary for a few months before he returns home to Halifax.

"What we were doing had a bigger objective", Decker said.

So the US hockey team turned to Americans who weren't playing for the NHL - like Roe, a 5-foot-9 center for the team EV Zug in the Swiss national hockey league. "Hopefully I inspire other kids to want to do the same thing, try something different". The demand for Team USA Curling gear also is high, as it boasts the top-selling T-shirt and sweatshirt/fleece.

"A lot of people say they're the ones that have the most experience, the best careers, so they will certainly be a team at the top of the list when you look at it", US head coach Tony Granato told reporters last month.

"Every single person on our team is on the team for a specific reason", captain Meghan Duggan says. That's what you are going to see. "And all of us expect a lot out of each other". It energized us through that, through the World Championships that came right on the heels of that.

"We were very disciplined and very rigid in style", says Hilary Knight, a two-time silver medalist from the 2010 and 2014 Games. He could be the first American to win both world junior and Olympic gold. Yet, if it's predicted to be a tight game - like it might be if the women's teams for the USA and Canada battle for gold - then you'll want to allow more time.

It's been 20 years since Team USA won the gold in the inaugural Olympic women's ice hockey tournament.

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No Olympic loss, however, stung as much as the 2014 gold medal defeat in Sochi.

If the game is tied at the end of the regulation time, then it becomes overtime.

"We have a lot of work to do before we get there, but in the back of our minds - in the back of everyone's minds - it is going to come down to the United States vs". The field is essentially wide open without the best hockey players in the world competing. "My OHA coach Gina Kingsbury, who also is with us on the Olympic team as a staff member, was someone I could look up to and help me focus my hockey goals because I wanted to follow a similar path as her", said Clark. An alumna of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lacquette now plays for the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL. It's not like you have two months to put a line together.

The NHL did just that, and here we sit: For the first time since 1994, the Winter Olympics will feature a hockey tournament with virtually no name you know.

The women's hockey tournament has eight teams, four each in Group A and B.

In 2016, 32 African American players were featured at some point during the season on National Hockey League rosters.

Another benefit of the players' stand was evident a few days after the agreement was struck.

"We've been able to post some video and some different things for them to read and kind of get a little head start", Granato said.

The team had a new energy and strength, a new confidence. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, "Quite frankly we don't see what the benefit is from the game standpoint or the league standpoint with respect to Olympic participation". It makes me happy to see that they are remembering him in that way.

Olympics women's hockey gets started on Saturday, Feb. 10 with two games. "We got through that, and we got through the fact that there's plenty of ways that we will honor him with how we act, how we play".

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