Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/28/10 at 01:02 AM ET
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
The timid and the faint-hearted are gone. What we have left are two teams that play North American-style hockey.
They get in your face ... and ribs.
“Absolutely,” said Edina’s Brian Burke, general manager of Team USA. “The two teams that have advanced played black and blue hockey. I like it.”
The Americans and Canadians square off for the Olympic gold medal this afternoon. There will be plenty of physical play on the NHL-sized ice surface in Vancouver.
“Some of the other teams, I don’t want to say they cower, but this style doesn’t suit them well,” said forward Bobby Ryan. “Every inch is going to count.”
“NHL sheet,” said defenseman Tim Gleason. “There’s no place to hide.”
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