Hockey Canada names men's leadership group

Violet Powell
February 11, 2018

It's a subject that would be easy for Greenway to downplay. "They're pretty quick to figure out who should play with who".

The Canton, New York, native was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 2015 National Hockey League draft but is in the midst of completing his final year at Boston University. "They expect and want you to win gold medals".

But Greenway has embraced the storyline - and why not? And Shani Davis will be the first US speedskater to race in five Olympiads.

USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher called Greenway "one heck of a hockey player" who also has the potential to awaken an interest in hockey in communities that traditionally haven't played it.

Greenway's ultimate goals include playing in the Olympics a few times, competing in the NHL and becoming a role model to other African Americans in hockey. Just 40 days before the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.

"I think it is symbolic of what we went through", Decker said of the keys sent to the players by a company that admired their stand. With just five practices to get up to speed with coach Tony Granato and each other, the group chat and a website to study various systems were essential to bonding and developing camaraderie, which Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato told her brother was key in a short global tournament.

Jordan Greenway, a current junior at BU, will become the first African-American to play on the men's side. "So to just think that, 'Oh my God, we only need to worry about the U.S.' I don't believe in that anymore". "The players understand that, and you will see a team that gets pucks to the net more than we have in the past".

The rivals played against each other eight times in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Olympics.

As for off the ice, US forward Amanda Kessel said in an interview previous year her brother married former Canadian player Courtney Birchard, which made for a somewhat awkward wedding.

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Jordan Greenway didn't have much time to think about being a pioneer.

Ebbett is a veteran of global hockey, winning back to back Spengler Cups the last two years. But when BU plays in the championship game next week for Boston's college hockey bragging rights, Greenway will be in South Korea. The three group winners and the best second-place team get a first-round bye. I've always had the dream of playing the Olympics. I've known them for a long time. I'm going to take full advantage of it, and hopefully bring back the gold medal. So it really hasn't been anything different, just a way of life for me growing up. Greenway is also the first hockey player in three decades that is an amateur playing for the USA men's Olympic hockey team because no players from the NHL were sent to compete this year. "There's no better way to do that than winning a gold medal". I feel like our team did and will continue to do. The oldest U.S. Olympian in South Korea is the hockey team's Brian Gionta, 39.

Greenway and his younger brother JD were both standouts on the ice and very competitive. But Kelleher understands, too, the broad significance of Greenway's ascent through the national program - and what it means on the national landscape.

"We've had that debate on Sportsnet 650 for the last month or so after the teams were announced". But I never look down at my career. More African Americans, more Hispanics, more people who really haven't been associated with our game across the country.

"Everybody has to do their part and sometimes that part is not what their normal part is, they've got to take on a different role", Burke continued.

Shortly before being named to the Olympic team, Zhou transitioned from the junior level to senior.

The USOC also guaranteed each player will receive a monthly $2,000 training stipend to be paid year around. It's certainly a small step forward compared to the late 1980's, and the often horrifying experience by pioneers like Val James.

In fact, this is the first time in three decades that the USA men's Olympic hockey team has been comprised of amateur athletes.

Indeed, as we enter 2018, it's a barrier that's finally been broken.

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