Team USA Opens Olympic Women's Hockey Tournament With Win Over Finland

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"We saw lots of games and I was in places I never knew existed in Russian Federation and all over the world". Former NHL superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk will lead the way against Slovakia.

Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani played together on Finland's top line, while the Lamoureux twins teamed up on USA's third line, which was its most productive.

The theme of this Olympic tournament should be: "Who are these guys?" "There's not a lot of information on some of the players on other teams. But everyone here knows the team with the most talented players doesn't win every tournament".

Arcobello is one of the poster boys for this unpredictable, wide-open Olympic mens hockey tournament that begins Wednesday with the USA against Slovenia and Russian Federation playing Slovakia.

USA Hockey selected five players from the KHL, four from college and a host of guys who play professionally in Europe and the American Hockey League.

“This opportunity kind of solidifies that I made the right decision, ” said Arcobello, who spent time with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs organizations.

"We had the chance to learn from the girls before us", Poulin said. "We have been inside this place before, it truly is nothing at all we can not take care of. Those are big shoes to fill, but we have that core group here".

The Czech competition in earnest starts Thursday when they face the host team South Korea.

Gone are the three Canadians with the most games played for the national team in Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette, as well as Gillian Epps and Catherine Ward.

Not ideal, but Granato doesn't act concerned. Players at the Olympics come from 19 different professional leagues based in 13 countries plus the NCAA and Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps. Games will still be exciting and intensively competitive.

Olympic hockey is always fun, though, and this will be no different. Thus that the Finns supplied a fantastic starting evaluation within a match which undoubtedly reverted to each team, even though equally teams will probably possess more essential matches at the foreseeable future.

"I think there's a lot that you will see in our team that you will like", he said.

Arcobello, who went to Europe a year for some stability before the NHL decided not to participate in the Olympics, said he is glad he took the path less traveled because it helped him make the USA national team.

"In order to be the best, you need to beat the best", Coyne added.

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