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February 25, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Defending Olympic hockey champion Sweden was sent home in the quarterfinals by emerging power Slovakia. Russia, expected to score its way to a gold medal, was undone by its lack of passion and defense and was run out of town by Canada. Few events in this tournament have gone according to form, starting with host Canada straining to beat Switzerland and stumbling against the U.S. in the first round, which sent the team to a qualifying game that stressed an entire nation. But each of the four teams that will meet in the semifinals Friday has displayed one consistent trait through 10 pressure-packed days here.
January 15, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The year is new, college football has gotten old. There's a hockey game in town, so you put on a T-shirt and flip-flops and head to . . . The Rose Bowl. Go ahead, laugh. It's not entirely a fantasy. NHL executives, justifiably proud of the Winter Classic game at Chicago's Wrigley Field on New Year's Day, have been brainstorming about potential sites for future outdoor games.
May 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
An old coach named Fred "The Fog" Shero once described the relationship between Canadians and their national pastime this way: "Hockey is where we live. … Life is just a place where we spend time between games. " It could feel like that in Southern California over the next few weeks. This is hockey's time to shine with two local teams in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, the Kings fighting to repeat as champions and the Ducks riding one of the better records in the league. The way things have gone for the Lakers and Clippers, and with our baseball teams struggling, the sport from up north could win some new fans.
February 14, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The mystique that surrounded hockey players from the old Soviet Union and Russia vanished when they began to populate NHL locker rooms and win many of the league's most important trophies. The team ethic prevails whether the guy sitting next to you is from Moscow or Moose Jaw. But if the mystery is gone, the contrast in their games remains strong and should be evident when Team USA and Russia face off Saturday before an expected raucous crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 4, 1989
The difference between ice hockey and soccer: In soccer, the thugs are in the stands, and in ice hockey, the thugs are on the ice. MARSDEN A. THOMPSON Los Angeles
February 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
February 17, 2001
So the Grizzlies would rather not have to share an arena with a professional hockey team? I don't see why that would stop them from moving in with the Ducks. JORDAN CHODOROW Los Angeles
February 20, 2010 | By Phil Rosenthal
Normally billed as "The Place for Politics," MSNBC on Sunday night will be the place for Olympic hockey. Live coverage of the much anticipated United States-Canada men's matchup will run there in prime time, rather than on corporate cousin NBC. That may not seem politically correct to some sports fans, especially when it's ice dancing, speedskating, skiing and bobsled getting the marquee exposure on the big broadcast network instead. The NBC decision is a play in peak viewing hours for the largest possible audience, which would include marginal sports fans and women, and it's rooted in the expectation that those interested in Patrick Kane and Team USA challenging Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews of Team Canada will make the effort to go to whatever channel necessary to see the game.
February 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Noora Raty has heard the many predictions that the women's Sochi Olympic hockey tournament will be a two-team contest between the U.S. and Canada because no other teams have the skill and depth to challenge them. Raty politely disagrees. And Finland's stellar goaltender has proved she has the ability to tilt the balance of power away from the two teams that have monopolized the gold medals at all four previous women's Olympic tournaments. Raty, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Minnesota and played alongside several current members of Team USA, made 58 saves in a 3-1 upset of the Americans in the Four Nations Cup at Lake Placid, N.Y., in November.
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