Belarus and Canada need to bounce back today after their losses from yesterday's games.
Watch out for Team Slovakia as they take on Team Finland. No one should disregard Slovakia after what they did to the U.S. a few days ago.
“[The jersey number] doesn’t matter. The main thing is what is inside your soul.” -Igor Martynov, Team Belarus
“There’s certain games that come through, you don’t have to say a word to your players. They’re ready to go. This is one of them. You walk into the locker room, there’s a different feel. It’s amped up. That's what rivalries are all about, There’s a little juice in the air. You can just feel it on those days. That’s the great days of being an athlete and a coach.” -Coach Bob Motzko, Team USA
Team USA dropped a shocking game against Slovakia last night, but will they rebound against rival Canada today in the outdoor game?
Russia hopes to win their second game while Belarus hopes to earn their first win of the tournament.
Today's action is nothing short of entertaining:
Stats Before the Rivalry Game:
"It’s always been a dream of mine [to play in the NHL], but when I got a scholarship to the University of Maine, I started to think I could go somewhere with hockey. I’ve worked on my game ever since, and this year it’s really taken off.” -Jacob Schmidt-svejstrup, Team Denmark
A full day of action begins today as we see Team Switzerland play their second game of the tournament against Russia. Russia previously was upset by the Czech Republic, so this should be good.
Host country USA takes on Slovakia the day before their big outdoor game vs. Canada.
Belarus is hoping to get their first tournament win after losing to Sweden yesterday. Switzerland is without their usual star, Nico Hischier, because of his success for New Jersey. The Swiss will still put up a fight in their first game in the tournament against a new team.
"We scored five times against the Russians, so that was big for us. They're always such a good team, but our coaches prepared us really well for this game, and we played with a lot of intensity." -Vojtech Budik, Team Czech Republic
"[The shoot out loss vs. USA in the gold medal game last year] doesn't really matter now. It definitely put some fire in the belly for some of the guys but, at the same time, that happened almost a year ago. This is a new situation and that's all you have to prepare for now." -Carter Hart, Team Canada
Let's get ready for another good year of watching the world's brightest young stars in hockey. The U.S. will try to repeat as champions this year on home ice, but Canada can use that opportunity for the perfect revenge scenario from last year.
Rosters from IIHF for all teams:
*Returners from the 2017 Gold Medal game:
* means injury
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!