Today marks the official start of the 22nd Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia with the Opening Ceremonies beginning tonight. Much anticipation is coming from these Games. For the US Men’s hockey team, it’s a matter of redemption from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2010. Even though the US Olympic team, as a whole, garnered the highest medal count of any country at 37, it was one Gold medal that eluded all Americans, athletes, and supporters alike. The unforgettable hockey match between the neighbors of North America; the United States against Canada. It was a game for the ages. In case you missed it, or if you need a refresher:
The heartbreaking goal was felt nation-wide, in the US. A big sigh could be heard from New York City to the corn fields of Nebraska to the Chinese Theater in California. Time stopped and disbelief set in. However, this is a new year, a new Olympics, a new venue, a new hunger!
Here at Blue Line Station, we will be previewing the participants, with an emphasis on those that have our beloved Rangers as players. We will be identifying strengths and weaknesses and provide team coverage as the games progress. The following have received the honor of representing their respective countries. To compete for the gold, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh will be representing the United States. Despite his slow start to the season, Rick Nash has been chosen to represent his home country of Canada. The fan-favorite Mats Zuccarello will be making his second appearance for Norway. Last but not least, the speedy Carl Hagelin and “the King” Henrik Lundqvist will be competing for Sweden.
In the end, will it be the USA vying for a gold medal again? Or will it be Canada defending? Or will it be Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, or a dark horse that no one is expecting? As the New York Lottery commercials say, “You Never Know.”