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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
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.
October 30, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
With an assist from a professional hockey team, students enrolled in the Verdugo YMCA's after-school program were all kings for a day Tuesday. Wielding curved wooden sticks rather than jewel-encrusted staffs, about two dozen boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 participated in a free clinic sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings. The students didn't seem to mind that none of the Kings players was there.
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 23, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Canada did its part to set up a gold-medal showdown between women's hockey powerhouses. The United States and Canada have been on a collision course since the pairings were announced long before the start of the 2010 Winter Games. Both teams plowed through their groups, with the U.S. reaching Thursday's gold-medal game with a 9-1 victory over Sweden in Monday's first semifinal. Canada followed suit with a 5-0 win over Finland to continue its quest for its third consecutive gold.
February 13, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - It would be unreasonable to expect Paul Stastny to be as good a hockey player as his father, Peter, was on the international stage and in the NHL. Peter was so highly regarded as an athlete and person that he was chosen to carry Slovakia's flag into the opening ceremony of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, the country's first Games as an independent nation. Paul, born while Peter played in Quebec City but raised in the United States, has been a good NHL player if not a great one. In an odd twist of fate, Paul Stastny's hockey career and heritage met Thursday when he faced his father's homeland and scored two goals, propelling Team USA to a strong start in the Sochi tournament and confirming his own hockey credentials.
March 23, 1991 | STEVE SPRINGER
USA Hockey, governing body of the U.S. Olympic hockey program, announced Friday that the sport will not be included in the program of the U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles July 12-21. Instead, a four-team Olympic tryout camp will be held in June at St. Cloud, Minn. This will be the first time hockey competition has been shifted from the site of the Olympic Festival.
March 23, 1991
I'm disappointed in your judgment to print the picture of a fight from the Kings' hockey game on the front page of Sunday's (March 17) section. Such a picture is unacceptable on any page, but somehow it's even more offensive at the top of the front page. Worse, it was gratuitous because it in no way illustrated the story of the game. Hockey is a wonderful game tarnished by fighting. I am disappointed in the lapse of your otherwise enlightened judgment by your unwitting celebration of this disgusting aspect of the game.
May 23, 1989 | From Times wire services
Oldrich Valek and Rostislav Vlach scored two goals apiece, leading Czechoslovakia's national ice hockey team to a 7-1 victory over its Japanese counterpart today in the opening match of a three-nation double round-robin tournament. Czechoslovakia meets the 1989 world champion Soviet team on Wednesday, the second day of the six-day " '89 Japan Cup Super Ice Hockey." Czechoslovakia placed third, behind Canada, in the world championships in Stockholm this month.
December 29, 2001
It saddens me to see that U.S. Olympic hockey Coach Herb Brooks passed on naming King forward Bryan Smolinski to the 2002 team. I guess it's more important to have "star" players who are money-making dreams than it is to have players who will play with heart, effort and pride. Apparently, Herb Brooks forgot all about the U.S. room-trashing fiasco in Nagano in '98. Big names don't always equate with big wins. Sometimes they equate with big embarrassments. Trish Castro Montebello
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