from the AP via the Times Union, Italy goaltender Jason Muzzatti wears a mask at practice adorned with portraits of Pope John Paul II and the Virgin Mary. Opening against mighty Canada, the Italians don't have a prayer.
Spend a day with Team Italy, though, and you might just believe the host country's hockey team -- with barely a season of combined NHL experience -- can compete with the overwhelming gold medal favorite.
Assistant hockey coach Jim Corsi gathers the team around a dry erase board, leaning against the glass while he explains a drill.
About half the team is from North America, but Corsi runs practice with the native tongue.
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