Camp Torts has been working diligently on quick, hard forechecks and fast breakouts out of the defensive zone. You can trace the drills and the roster selections to Sochi, to Vancouver, or all the way to the 1996 World Cup, where Team USA last defeated Canada for best-on-best gold.
USA Hockey mailed each current player a copy of that opus on a USB.
“Just an all-out war as far as their effort level and their compete level,” U.S. defenceman Ryan McDonagh says of the ’96 gold medal game. That epic saw the U.S. rally from a 2-1 deficit in the third period by potting four goals in the game’s final 3:18. It was also chockfull of penalties and scoring chances. “Maybe that could be foreshadowing for what we see in this tournament.”