Ice Hockey

Justin Graham ‘14
Reporter

 

With so many amazing hockey players in leagues all around the world, ice hockey in the Olympics will be very interesting. Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Alexander Ovechkin are a few of the best players in the world tapped to play in Sochi. Big teams like the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Russia are predicted to dominate the competition like they have been for years.
In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada defeated the U.S. in overtime with a goal from Crosby. Canada is also the favorite to win the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ice hockey event is one of the favorites among the fans that watch the Olympics. It’s insanely exciting and many times comes down the last second of the game to find a winner.
With six men on the ice, tiny pads, and sticks almost as tall as the players, it’s going to be a physical event. Whenever a player gets a penalty, such as tripping, slashing, cross-checking, boarding, or high-sticking, he must go into the penalty box for two minutes. There are also five-minute major penalties and game misconducts. These are serious penalties and don’t happen very often. Penalties are a major factor in a game. A very good power play unit or an amazing penalty-kill unit can affect the game tremendously.
Another key factor in the game is defense. Canada is the most defensivly-sound team in the Olympics.
Coached by Katey Stone, the U.S. women’s hockey team won the silver medal after losing to Canada in a heart-breaker, 3-2.
The men’s team, coached by Dan Bylsma played in the bronze medal game and lost 0-5 to Finland. The Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard was named to the U.S. team.
Canada did win the gold, as predicted, by beating Sweden 3-0. They were coached by the Wings’ Mike Babcock.