But Greenway has embraced the storyline - and why not?
The NHL would begin its Olympic participation four years later to start run of five consecutive tournaments, with Canada winning gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
Ebbett, who bounced around the AHL and NHL for almost a decade, most recently with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization from 2013-2015, plays in the Swiss League, the fourth professional faction represented among Canada's leadership group. In Boston, while leaving a game against the Bruins with his Buffalo Sabres teammates, he recalls fans breaking a window on the team bus, calling James a "n---". It's something that they're trying to instill in us - to play Canadian hockey.
This version of the US team is faster and can move the puck more quickly than its predecessors.
Despite growing up a hockey prodigy and being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2008, Garrett Roe has yet to fulfill his dream of playing on NHL ice.
"I retired in 2001 when I was 31 and right away, I was able to jump into coaching in the NCAA", said the 47-year-old from Toronto. "You see more African Americans playing other sports like basketball and football". If you want to see Team USA medals, check out the women's giant slalom (Monday) and slalom next Wednesday.
Matt Dalton is expected to be South Korea's starting goalie for every game at the Olympics.
The team held its own at a recent Olympic tune-up tournament in Russian Federation, never allowing more than five goals in a game and never allowing themselves to be shut out as they took on Canada, Sweden and Finland.
Last Monday night, BU hockey forward Jordan Greenway's pivotal assist helped the Terriers win a 3-2 double overtime victory against Harvard in the first-round of the 2018 Beanpot Tournament. And the 6-foot-5, 230 pound forward was thrust further into the spotlight after winning gold at the World Juniors past year. "I mean it's going to end, and I think we have the players to do it, and I like our approach".
This will mark the fifth time Roy has put on a Team Canada jersey. I want to remember every moment.
"You don't forget being bullied, but I think I'm a strong person now".
"I feel like the team event is a great opportunity for team spirit and what the Games represent. I think it's going to be competitive". And to be able to compete more times at the Olympics, I'm definitely not going to argue against it.
He has won three world championships and two Grand Prix finals. It's a back and forth hockey game.
Said Kelleher, "For our sport in this country, it's reflective of the national appeal, the national footprint of this sport". It's exposed more people to our game - some people would say non-tradiitonal. "There are so many great people in that locker room who could ultimately be wearing it".
"When you walk into an ice rink in Southern California, the population or the clientele is different in those rinks than maybe they are in some of our northern rinks, or traditional hockey markets". I, personally, can't believe that any athlete with the skill set to make it to the Olympics could be so foolish to label a coin toss, probably the most random and fair selection method in the history of the world, as an act of racism. He scored 189 goals in 738 career NHL games, and now plays in the Swedish Elite League. It's certainly a small step forward compared to the late 1980's, and the often horrifying experience by pioneers like Val James.
In the days leading to Friday's opening ceremony, several bars across the country said they hadn't had anyone reserve tables for viewing Olympic events yet, but hoped bookings would pick up after the opening ceremony, which usually amps up the Olympics hype.
Indeed, as we enter 2018, it's a barrier that's finally been broken.