Patrick Kane snake-bitten in Sochi

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Team USA is a great team because of players such as Patrick Kane. When he doesn’t score, it could lead to big problems. Team USA lost the bronze medal game to Finland Saturday. In the first four games of the tournament, the U.S. scored 20 goals. In the two games following, zero.

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Wisconsin Badgers Defenseman Named Captain of Team USA Hockey

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Wisconsin Badgers sophomore defenseman John Ramage (St. Louis) was named captain of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Ramage and Team USA take part in International Competition during the 2011 Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ramage becomes the second consecutive Badger to captain Team USA in the tournament. Last year, then-Badger forward Derek Stepan was chosen captain, before leading the tournament in scoring and the Americans to their second gold medal since the event began in 1977.

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Vancouver Olympics: Final Stretch Fast Forward

By: Melissa S. Wollering

As the Midwest’s premiere sports website, we are breaking down everything Olympics—from uber good to muy mal.  Yesterday, we brought you the Week 2 Rewind.  Today, it’s the Final Stretch Fast Forward from Vancouver!

Day 14, February 25: Freestyle Skiing and Nordic Combined are on tonight; but Figure Skating takes the cake on NBC primetime.  USA’s Rachel Flatt competes with Gold favorites from Japan and Korea, including James Bond short program winner Kim Nu-Ya.

My suggestion: head to MSNBC for the Women’s Hockey Gold Medal game, USA vs. Canada.  You thought it would happen, you bet money it would happen, now let’s hope you win whatever you wagered and then some.

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U.S. Women’s Hockey Tops Sweden, 9-1 in Semifinals

Team USA Advances to Gold-Medal Game Thursday

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team defeated Sweden, 9-1, here this afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. With the win, Team USA advanced to the gold-medal game, which will take place Thursday (Feb. 25) at 3:30 p.m. PST.

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USA Men’s Hockey Defeats Canada 5-3

Team USA Wins Group A, Will Play in Quarterfinals Wednesday

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich./Buffalo Sabres/Michigan State Univ.) turned aside 42 shots as the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team knocked off Canada, 5-3, here tonight in Team USA’s final preliminary-round game of the XXI Olympic Winter Games. With the victory, the U.S. clinched first place in its group with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record and secured a berth in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.

“It was an excellent atmosphere tonight and we anticipated a hostile environment,” said Ron Wilson, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “There was a lot of intensity in the game with some great plays and fantastic goaltending. After the second period, we had to tighten our play. The players responded very well in the third and played to win.”

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U.S. Men’s Hockey Destroys Norway 6-1

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Twelve different players factored in the scoring for Team USA as the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team downed Norway, 6-1, here today in its second game of the Olympic Winter Games. With the victory, the U.S. improved to 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and will face Canada in its final preliminary-round game on Sunday (Feb. 21). 

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Team USA Women to Face Sweden in Semifinal Round Monday

U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team Blanks Finland, 6-0, in Final Olympic Winter Games Preliminary-Round Game

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team scored three first-period goals in less than four minutes en route to a 6-0 victory against Finland here this afternoon in its third and final preliminary-round game of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Team USA will face Sweden in the semifinal round Monday (Feb. 22) at 12 p.m. PST. 

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Team USA Takes a Step in the Right Direction with Win over Swiss

by Peter Chrisitan

Heading into the 2010 Olympics the USA Hockey had a very public list of relatively attainable goals:

  • Don’t get embarrassed
  • Establish the United States as a premier hockey country
  • Compete for a medal

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Team USA Stands by Patrick Kane

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By Paul M. Banks

When Patrick Kane read his apologetic public statement this morning, he delivered it just a couple feet away from a life-size poster of himself playing for Team USA.  His extremely brief remarks opened the U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp; a practice session drawing a capacity crowd of 1,250 fans. A few hundred more were turned away. Many that did attend camped out the night before to guarantee admission. A good sized portion of the fans making the trek to Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois did so wearing #88 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks sweaters and t-shirts. Today, Kane was the rock star of the team, a bad boy in demand by hundreds of autograph seekers. But it’s not just the fans that are overwhelmingly supportive of Kane in his hour of need.

Team USA General Manager Brian Burke boldly endorsed Kane.  “I think it’s possible for a young man to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and make a poor decision. I know when I was Patrick Kane’s age I did a couple of things I wouldn’t want to talk about up here,” Burke said.usahockey-logo-pc3

Burke also made a valid point about the media, and the two-sided equation often involved with the reporting of a star athlete in legal trouble. “The normal process when it happens is unfortunate, but what comes with the salary when you’re a professional athlete, is that an incident like this gets huge play immediately. And when the athlete is later exonerated in anyway, it’s page 5 in the transactions column or something,” Burke said. “I’m not scolding the media for that, that’s the life that we all live,” he continued.

Burke later re-stated and elaborated this same point in different words with more emotion when answering another question about Kane. Of course, it’s hard to argue against the veracity of his point. But then again, photo-ops of players in the community doing charity work doesn’t “sell papers,” so (on the other hand) it’s also difficult to sympathize with Burke’s position.

Team USA’s GM went on to say that Kane’s situation does not affect his judgment of him, Kane’s focus on playing hockey and his ability to contribute to the team. “We’re here to get ready for 2010 and we’re not talking about Patrick Kane after we leave here…We’re going to Vancouver to win, and as far as I’m concerned this will play itself out. I wish I could talk more about it, I can tell you that.”

And what did the man himself, Patrick Kane have to say? “I haven’t really told anyone my side of the story to be honest with you,” Kane said Monday after his practice session. “The only one that really knows is my lawyer and my family. But that’s as far as it really goes.’’ Kane, just like every other player at camp, took questions from the media –although none regarding the incident in Buffalo were allowed- during his allotted time slot.

As much coverage as the Kane story has received, and continues to receive, a certain star athlete with legal troubles in another sport, has made even more headlines lately, as his recent reinstatement to the NFL has greatly overshadowed almost every other sports story.

“I was watching ESPN the other day and I’m watching Michael Vick give his speech and after that you hear people say that he’s not really sorry and things that,’’ Kane said.