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2018 Winter Olympics Notebook: February 17

By USA Hockey, 02/17/18, 6:45AM EST


The 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Teams will be competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games between February 11-25, 2018. 

Check back for daily updates on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Teams and their quest for gold.

February 17

Men's Team -- Day 11

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team outshot the Olympic Athletes from Russia 29-26, but was defeated 4-0 here tonight in its final preliminary round contest of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. Team USA will return to action in the qualification playoff round Tuesday, February 20. Time, opponent and television coverage of that contest are all to be determined, but the game will be live streamed on

Women's Team -- Day 15

The U.S. women took advantage of the off-day by taking an adventure up to the mountains to visit with family and friends, and do some interviews with NBC. Today also marked the 20-year anniversary of the U.S.’s gold-medal victory in the inaugural women’s Olympic hockey tournament.

All 23 players, as well as coaches and team staff, piled onto a bus at 10:45 a.m. this morning for a ride up to the mountain cluster. After making a brief stop at the mountain cluster Athlete Village, the team headed up to the Olympic park to see the Olympic flame and take some photos. They were also joined by an old friend, Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero. Players also had a chance to spend some time with their family and friends today. Many stopped by P&G House and USA House during the mountain visit to grab lunch and catch up with their loved ones.

Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) paid a visit to the NBCSN set in the coastal cluster, where she met with Liam McHugh for an interview. They chatted all things hockey, including the Canada rivalry and the outlook leading into the semifinals. Also this evening, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) sat down with Rebecca Lowe for an interview for NBC Daytime.

Today, Feb. 17, marked twenty years to the day since the U.S. women claimed the first gold medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey. The 1998 team is one from which the current team has drawn much inspiration.

Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.): Gretchen Ulion (now Silverman) was a member of the 1998 team that won gold and I was able to meet her after she came back from that Olympics. She put her medal around my neck and I put her jersey on, and from that moment forward I knew I was going to make it to the Olympics and play for Team USA, or at least I was going to do everything in my power to put myself in a position to do so.

Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.): I met Cammi Granato when I was 8 years old at her hockey camp and saw her gold medal from the Nagano 1998 Olympics. That was the first time I realized girls/women played hockey, and they could play in the Olympics. From that day on, it was my goal to play in the Olympics and be like Cammi. She is the reason I started my own hockey camp in my hometown because she fueled my dream of going to the Olympics and I remember that feeling.

Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.): Angela Ruggiero has been one of my greatest sources of inspiration because she has not only made an impact on the athletic side women’s hockey, but has also made and impact on the business side of women’s hockey. She has helped grow the game to where it is today and I respect her so much for all she has done.

Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.): Playing in the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was six years old and USA won gold in the 1998 Winter Olympics. As I grew up and began to truly understand what it would mean to represent the USA and compete for a gold medal, playing in the Olympics quickly turned into my ultimate goal. The women’s team was my inspiration.

Previous Olympic Notebook Entries

Men's Team

Women's Team

U.S. Women's Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Result Venue Broadcast/Stream
Sun., Feb 11 Finland Preliminary W, 3-1 Kwandong Hockey Centre NBCSN
Tues., Feb 13 Olympic Athletes From Russia Preliminary W, 5-0 Kwandong Hockey Centre NBCSN
Thurs., Feb. 15 Canada Preliminary L, 1-2 Kwandong Hockey Centre NBCSN
Mon., Feb. 19 Finland Semifinals 1:10 p.m./11:10 p.m. (Feb. 18) Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 21 TBD Bronze-Medal Game 4:40 p.m./2:40 a.m. Kwandong Hockey Centre USA
Thurs., Feb. 22 TBD Gold-Medal Game 1:10 p.m./11:10 p.m. (Feb. 21) Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN

U.S. Men's Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Result Venue Broadcast/Stream
Wed., Feb. 14 Slovenia Preliminary OTL, 2-3 Kwandong Hockey Centre NBCSN
Fri., Feb. 16 Slovakia Preliminary W, 2-1 Gangneung Hockey Centre CNBC
Sat., Feb. 17 Olympic Athletes From Russia Preliminary L, 0-4 Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN
Tues., Feb. 20 TBD Qualification TBD TBD TBD
Wed., Feb 21 TBD Quarterfinals TBD TBD TBD
Fri., Feb 23 TBD Semifinals TBD Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN
Sat., Feb. 24 TBD Bronze-Medal Game 9:10 p.m./7:10 a.m. Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN
Sun., Feb 25 TBD Gold-Medal Game 1:10 p.m./11:10 p.m. (Feb. 24) Gangneung Hockey Centre NBCSN

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