Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/10/14 at 07:23 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The great transmogrification of players and coaches from NHL mindset to Olympic mindset may be one of the most compelling backstories of the Olympic hockey tournament since the NHL first started taking part in 1998.
The tournament officially begins Wednesday afternoon local time, but in reality, it began Monday with the arrival of the NHL's players via four charters from Newark, N.J., and Atlanta and the process of shedding the NHL sensibilities and replacing them as quickly as possible with an Olympic point of view.
"Me and [Ryan] Kesler fought maybe two weeks ago, and we're fine now," Brown said after the Americans had completed a late-evening skate to help shake off the jet lag. "It's one of those things that's part of the NHL game. Again, a lot of us know each other. Even at the NHL level, it's the other way around where we're still trying to probably kill each other even though you know them off the ice.
"I think the good thing about our team is a lot of guys [have] kind of played together at some point or another. Even last time, where there were a lot of guys who didn't know who each other were. It's a little more comfortable and at ease this time."
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