Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/10 at 10:30 AM ET
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Six months ago, USA Hockey invited a large group of American players to its Olympic orientation camp in suburban Chicago. After one of the first practices, the players, wearing assorted USA Hockey shorts and T-shirts, came out of the locker room to meet the media.
The interviews started and the realization set in. Half the media had no idea who anybody was. Jack Johnson was confused with Dustin Brown. And was that Joe Pavelski or Ryan Callahan?
One reporter did an entire interview with a player and half joked that he thought it was Brian Gionta, who wasn’t even at the camp.
So, really, how could we expect this team of next-generation U.S. hockey stars to accomplish much of anything if most Americans had no idea who any of them were?
“I don’t think anybody really gave us a huge chance coming in,” said Erik Johnson, a 21-year-old defenseman. “We kind of relished the underdog role.”
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