So now that practice is over, notes have been scribbled and friendships between enemies have been formed....slightly. That is, until the puck drops on the NHL season, and many of them must reveal their fangs, talons, and um....duck bills at each other.
34 Men, most from opposing NHL teams, were gathered to compete for spots on the roster for the 2010 USA Olympic Ice Hockey team. The official names will be announced around December 30th, 2009. So they will use several months of NHL performance combined with the results/etc. from this past weeks' training exercises/time together.
The Men's Ice Hockey games begin on February 16th, 2010, with the Gold Medal final game being played on February 28, 2010. The 2010 Winter Olympics are in Vancouver, Canada - which is the West Coast, but most of the games still seem to take place during the day (you can see the schedule here, all times Eastern Standard). So there is hope that we may be able to catch some of the games....if TV Programming understands how awesome that would be.
Here are the important games for Team USA: (times Eastern)
Feb. 16th - 3pm - vs. Switzerland
Feb. 18th - 3pm - vs. Norway
Feb. 21st - 7:30pm - vs. Canada - THIS IS A MUST WATCH!!!!
And then, obviously, other games will be announced the 23rd-27th.
Okay, so there you have it. Put it on your calendar. Go to work early/be home for the game. If anything, most of you should be able to watch the game against Canada - that will be some good hockey for sure.
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