USA Hockey named John Tortorella the head coach of the 2016 U.S. World Cup team on Monday, and set up a conference call with Torts and the media today. These teleconferences between coaches and reporters are commonplace, and the call-in number is usually well guarded. That was not the case with this particular call.
Team USA destroyed Slovakia 7-1 this morning in its opening game in Sochi, doing the most damage in the second period. John Carlson started off the scoring at 14:27 in the first period and then the Americans unloaded for six goals in the second.
USA-Canada is quickly becoming the kind of grudge match you can respect and not one that makes you feel uncomfortable for Robert DeNiro. Prior to last night's throwdown in Grand Forks, these two teams also had a massive brawl in October in Burlington, Vermont. That's two fights in in three months and we're not even…
While the NBA is off celebrating its All-Star Weekend, which CNN calls "Black Thanksgiving," the NHL and USA Hockey are collaborating on their own star-studded weekend tribute to their game. And by stars, they mean Eddie Cahill, Ken Baker, and Ashlan Gorse. And by tribute, they mean, uh, something? Look at that…
Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.
To be clear: this would be no miracle. But let's not forget the NHL booked the American players' flights back to their teams for this morning, because they weren't supposed to be here. Discuss North American supremacy in the comments.