Okay, Team USA Hockey, I’m disappointed.
While the internets, Alison and Lindsay, and our twitter feed is all a flutter with Team Canada’s Olympic Camp, all we’ve got from Team USA are crickets.
Now we know that hockey is the #4 sport in this country and we’ve reluctantly come to terms with this but the appalling lack of coverage is making us feel decidedly less patriotic.
TSN has got all the video & interviews. All we got was Dustin Byfuglien’s man boobs.
Look, we get that Team Canada has a disproportionate amount of talent.
We get that their roster looks like the next season of “The Bachelorette.”
We get that the Olympic gold medal is theirs to lose.
But come on! Don’t forget about the Red White & Blue!
Team USA does have one very important thing going for it.
Forty-eight of the players that showed up to Kettler Ice Plex in Virginia this week have played together on a US National teams over the course of their careers. In fact, when team gear was passed out this week, there were no name tags.
Everyone knows each other. Everyone is friends. It’s all just one big happy family.
Team USA has an average age of 24.6 years old. Zach Parise and Dustin Brown are considered the “veterans”.
They are 29 and 28, respectively.
Nine players from the US team that won bronze at World Champtionship as well as players from the team that won gold at World Juniors were all invited to camp. There is John Gibson, age 20. And Alex Galchenyuk, age 19. Jacob Trouba, age 19.
With the exception of the young whippersnappers, many of the returning players were on the 2010 team that suffered that heartbreaking loss in Vancouver. You know that their collective disappointment over that being so close to the gold medal is going to fuel their fires.
Although they won’t be able to skate during camp due to insurance issues, the team will have plenty to do during camp – one-on-one meetings with Coach Dan Bylsma, team bonding, braiding friendship bracelets and making smores by the campfire.
Team USA will be at the Washington Nationals game tonight, so if you happen to be there and see Ryan Kesler, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Bobby Ryan, Keith Yandle or any of the other guys, say hello. Give ‘em a high-five and one of these.
I’m sure they’ll appreciate your patriotism.
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