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February 19, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Their record in the Olympic hockey tournament is perfect, but their performance has yet to be more than adequate, and members of Team USA knew it. They foundered through a sloppy second period Thursday and distanced themselves from persistent Norway only by scoring three times in the last six minutes of a 6-1 victory in a preliminary round game at Canada Hockey Place. Yes, they're 2-0 after defeating Switzerland and Norway, but their power play didn't click until its fifth try and they were victimized by Norway for a short-handed goal that cut their lead to 3-1 at 8:37 of the second period.
January 2, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The names of the 23 members of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team were announced almost too fast to grasp what was happening. But when the list went from Chris Drury to Patrick Kane without stopping at Scott Gomez or Bill Guerin, and when Ryan Malone's name was followed by Zach Parise's without mention of Mike Modano, it became clear the U.S. team in Vancouver will represent a changing of the guard and of strategy. Modano, Gomez, Guerin, Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, mainstays of countless U.S. teams, were passed over in favor of youngsters with lesser credentials but more specialized assets such as faceoff dexterity, penalty killing and toughness.
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.
February 18, 1998
The reporter whose disclosure that Samuelsson carried an American passport led to the Swedish defenseman being kicked out of the Olympics has received threats from angry readers. Svenska Dagbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported a steady stream of e-mail, faxes and telephoned threats directed at reporter Janne Bengtsson.
March 15, 2003 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Ian Laperriere is the King nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as voted upon by the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The trophy is awarded to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
February 28, 1987
The NHL would do well to keep their mid-season All-Star game against the Russians. As an avid hockey fan, I feel compelled each season to watch the NHL All-Star game. The overpaid pros' showcase is a bore, as is their excuse-me-did-I-bump-you-with-my-bodycheck attitude. Come on, NHL. Prove you are the best. If your All-Star team won't play the Russians, then how about a world championship against those great Russian players? LARRY JOE ALYEA Los Angeles
January 14, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The cinder-block locker room is little bigger than a gas-station restroom. Squeeze in 15 high school hockey players and their sweat-soaked equipment, and it smells about the same too. Yet Megan Browning, the team's freshman goalie, can't think of any place she'd rather be. "Just because you play hockey doesn't mean you have to act like a boy," Browning explains as she checks her makeup and adjusts the twin braids in her hair. "I wear pink. I'm still girly. But when I come to the rink, I get intense.
August 16, 2003
Seldom have I read an article in the newspaper that I want to cut out and keep. Helene Elliott's article on Herb Brooks was such an article. I gathered Monday afternoon with several associates, all from hockey towns: Detroit, St. Louis and Minneapolis. We discussed where we were when the U.S. team beat the Soviets. It is a moment in time I will never forget. I was in my living room in Minneapolis, listening to the game on the radio, broadcast live in Minnesota because of the "Minnesota connection" (coach and players)
December 23, 2006
Re "The high-flying Ducks just aren't on our radar," Dec. 18 L.A. fans not embracing the Orange County team is front- page news? Most of us in L.A. have little or no reason to ever go to Orange County, let alone to be fans of a hockey team playing in a league that is itself not very popular anymore. If location were the issue, then why are there still so many Raiders and Rams fans in L.A.? BECKY MOCCIARO Los Angeles This story discussed how the Ducks aren't popular despite their recent success.
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