February 12, 1998 |
This was what the USA women's hockey team needed, a gritty, hard-fought game against a formidable opponent. Before yesterday's 4-2 victory over Finland, we knew that the American women were talented, that several of them had interesting stories, and that they were properly in awe of the chance to make history in the first-ever women's Olympic hockey tournament. But their 5-0 victory over China and their 7-1 waxing of Sweden weren't very dramatic. Generally, how it works in the storytelling game is that to become a hero, you have to triumph over adversity, and these women hadn't faced any. Now they have.
February 27, 1995 |
Ryan Kearney didn't plan to play ice hockey in high school, but nobody was happier than he was when Roman Catholic formed a team last year. Now a senior and a second-year defenseman, the Ambler resident is preparing for his last high school game. The Cahillites (2-13-2) will close their season Thursday with a game at the Spectrum against Strath Haven. "I didn't even start playing organized hockey until I got to high school," said Kearney, who has been with a Warminster club team for three seasons.
December 27, 2011 |
It's 5:15 a.m. when psychotherapist Dave Lane turns the key to open the doors of the Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester. In a few minutes, a group of 25 men and women will arrive in the dark, carrying their gear for an early-morning game of no-referee, no-score, no-check hockey. This is the routine five days week in rinks around the region. The no-pressure games of the ShinnyUSA recreational hockey program often feature a 72-year-old retired supervisor playing side by side with a former Philadelphia Flyer.
July 1, 2010
I THINK I'VE solved the mystery of the "missing" African-American hockey players. Letter-writer Hannibal (Casanova) ate them with some fava beans and a nice bottle of Chianti. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Steven Evans, Haddon Township, N.J.
April 2, 2000 |
Bethel Park played a stifling defense, placing three players across its blue line to negate any offensive threat by Father Judge last night in the Division AAA state ice hockey championship game at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Consequently, the Crusaders' hopes of winning their first state title since 1993 were dashed in a 3-1 loss to Bethel Park. Judge, the Division AAA Flyers Cup champion, ended the season with a 34-8-1 record. "Bethel was a tough defensive team that was all over us like a blanket," Judge coach Bill Connors said.
July 21, 1997 |
When Billy Jaffe first got a letter, back home in Detroit, asking whether he was interested in playing hockey in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, he had no idea what it was all about. "I had never heard of the games, and the whole thing just sounded very weird, hockey in Israel," Jaffe recalled. But two months later, here he is, sweating in the 101-degree heat of the Israeli summer and getting ready to take the ice, playing center on Team USA. Jaffe landed in a surreal setting: a slick American-style sports center on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
February 23, 1998 |
The American women's hockey team, all smiles, freckles and red, white and blue warm-ups, formed a patriotic chorus line on a stage here yesterday morning. Ponytailed Tara Lipinski was there, too. So were a relaxed Michelle Kwan, a handful of lugers and a perky speedskater or two. The United States Olympic Committee officials, seated close by these toothsome medal winners, arranged it this way for a reason. They anticipated what was coming. This was their human shield. The good Americans.
January 3, 2013
Former Gloucester Catholic star Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick, Riley Barber scored twice, and the United States beat the Czech Republic, 7-0, to reach the world junior ice hockey semifinals Wednesday in Ufa, Russia. On Thursday, the Americans will play Canada, which edged them, 2-1, in the Group B preliminary round. Defending champion Sweden, which won Group A, will face Russia, which beat Switzerland in a 4-3 penalty shootout. Two-time Olympian Molly Engstrom , 29, retired from the U.S. women's national hockey program.
November 27, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With the buzz of Boardwalk Hall, the chill in the air and the familiar sound of skate blades carving into the ice, if you closed your eyes for 1 second, it would have been easy to believe you were basking in the glow of the Wells Fargo Center or Madison Square Garden. Forget about the bickering and the billions. Forget about the 72 days of strong-arming and spin. Remember the sounds of the "oohs" and "ahhs" you hear when Simon Gagne or Bobby Ryan dances past another defenseman.
February 14, 2002 |
Jenny Potter's Olympic dream goes something like this: It's Feb. 21. The U.S. women's hockey team has just won the gold medal. With her prize dangling from her neck, she skates over to the stands, scoops up her 13-month-old daughter, Madison, in her arms, and goes for a victory lap. "I would love to do that more than anything," Potter said after practice yesterday. With a 33-0 record since September (entering today's game against China), it's natural to look at the powerful U.S. women's team as some big, red, white and blue machine that stampedes every opponent that comes its way. But, behind all that dominance are 20 different people who have taken 20 different routes to the Olympics.