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					Olympic Hockey: USA, Welcome to our house
They would like to see another "Miracle on Ice," but first they've got to get rid of the "guests" coming from the other olympic hockey teams from around the world. Meet the home team -- USA.

Every four years one country gets to play "host" to the rest of the world. In 2002, the Olympic party comes to America, Salt Lake City. Some Americans remember the 1980 team. What about this year's version of the Olympic hockey team? After the debacle at Nagano, more is expected of the USA team. A gold medal would be nice... no, great. But while our good neighbors to the north are going crazy over their team, we won't lose our minds if we don't win the gold in hockey. After all, our other athletes have done pretty darn good. It's time to meet some of the members of the USA team. Adam Deadmarsh, Los Angeles Kings He was born in Canada, but his mother is American, so Adam is on the USA side. He won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 1996 and is hoping to bring a Stanley Cup to "tinseltown" real soon. Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins This Massachusetts's native was on the infamous USA team at Nagano. He was named MVP at last years' NHL All-Star game and won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils. John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers He's battled back from a serious back injury that could have ended his career. He also played for the team in Nagano. Chris Drury, Colorado Avalanche Remember the Little League World Series a few years back when Trumbull, Connecticut defeated the powerful Taiwan team? Remember that chubby little pitcher on the mound? He grew up to play college hockey at Boston University and then won a Stanley Cup with the Avs. Brian Rolston, Boston Bruins The Flint, Michigan native played in the 1994 winter games in Norway. He also won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils. Phil Housley, Chicago Black Hawks This is his 20th year in the NHL and he will go down in the NHL history books as one of the all-time leading USA born scorers in the league. Tom Barrasso, Carolina Hurricanes When I mentioned possible goaltenders for my Olympic preview, his name wasn't even mentioned. This Boston born goaltender is one of the all-time leaders among USA born goaltenders in wins. Not bad for a player who joined the Buffalo Sabres straight out of high school in 1983. The medals in hockey will be awarded on Sunday, February 24th, the last day of the Olympics.

Will the gold medal stay in Prague, Czech Republic or will the USA have their third "Miracle on Ice?" After what we've been through in the United States these past few months, it would be nice to have something to make us feel proud about, even if it is for one brief shining moment.
By Jo Ann Lawery Published: 2/21/2002


				
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