USA Hockey Takes a Step Back In 2010 From

February 24th, 2010 by Leave a reply »
Hockey is inherently American as rhubarb pie.

Yet, as I watch the 2010 Winter Olympics play out, I sense the pressure is mounting on the United States' national team to bring home the gold.

When it comes to hockey in the states, the vice of American pride has strengthened its grip since the "Miracle on Ice", but more recently when the winter games was granted its first taste of NHL talent in 1998.

It's almost as if, for two weeks, every four years, American hockey fans adopt Al Davis' mantra of, "Just win baby!"

Remember: rhubarb (not Rosebud).

The United States' strides to improve its position on the podium have come a long way since 1998 when the red, white and blue were left green, envious of missing out on the medal round completely.

Though has learned if you look at the strength of the last four Olympic rosters, the United States has slipped up on the ice.

Once again, using our Dream Teams feature, loaded up the 1998, 2002 and 2006 U.S. Olympic rosters with the NHL players. Our hockey simulation engine based its predictions off of their statistics for that sea ...

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