“There is nothing in America like what we are going to see [in] … the Olympic hockey competition,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, before the Olympics started. “It’s going to be a highly competitive tournament, and we’re going to a country that rightly considers itself the home of hockey.”
A nation enthralled
Before the Olympics even began, two hockey minnows – Switzerland and Belarus – sold 15,000 tickets for each game of a two-game tune-up series in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Last week, an estimated 1 in 3 Canadians watched Canada’s 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland.
Sunday will be 12 hours of world-class hockey in Vancouver, and Canada is aquiver.