The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team is going to look a lot different than what we’ve seen over the last 20 years at the Olympic Winter Games. It may take some getting used to for the fans, but if you love the game of hockey, there has to be some level of intrigue creeping in.
I’ll admit, I was furious when the NHL opted not to send their players to PeyongChang in 2018. It’s especially hard to swallow given the influx of young American talent filtering into the league at a higher clip of late. After years of sketchy center depth, adding Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel down the middle was more than a little enticing. But they won’t be there. And it’s time to make peace with that.
It’s a little easier to make peace with it because of the announcement USA Hockey made Friday morning in Plymouth, Michigan. By putting Tony Granato behind the bench as head coach, the Americans will have a uniquely-qualified individual to lead the team. They’ve also built a staff where each assistant coach brings something a little different that could end up making a big difference in the results. Continue reading