For Team USA, today was orientation day in Colorado Springs, as the players and coaches got a first look at each other and the team upon which American hockey fans will once again pin their Olympic hopes. The team will be coached by Franklin, MA native Peter Laviolette, who currently holds the same position with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Many, like Avalanche center and Salt Lake City, UT-native Steve Konowalchuk, looked forward to this camp as "fun being back on the ice with the boys." But expectations are high for the Yanks. As the Edmonton Sun notes, "[i]f the U.S hockey team skates off with a gold medal in the Turin Olympics, no one will call it a miracle or rush to make a major motion picture."
Expect much more in the weeks and months ahead, so stay with The Rink for coverage of Team USA all the way through its quest for gold in Turin.