The new Olympic format gave fans a chance to see hockey powers face off early in the tournament. Canada and the United States did not disappoint, even if one team needed the early victory more.
The U.S. women's hockey team knows how long it's been since it has won Olympic gold (1998, to be exact). But the players aren't defensive about it, just determined.
Angela Ruggiero is talented enough to have done practically anything with her life, but she chose to play hockey. In doing so, she enriched her sport and the experience of the many who shared the ice with her.