Feb 11, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA head coach Dan Bylsma during an ice hockey training session for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Training Rink. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Shifts: USA, Canada, Why We Love Hockey

If yesterday’s start to the Men’s Hockey tournament got you pumped, then today should really have you fired up! The United States, Canada, and Russia will all be taking the ice for the first time at the 2014 Sochi Olympics today. Here are your Quick Shifts! 

Over at the FanSided Sochi 2014 blog, Franklin Steele has a quick preview of the United States vs Slovakia game, including broadcast information and where to watch it (legally) online. [ FanSided.com ]

For all of our readers and friends north of the border, Senshot’s Jared Crozier takes a look at which Team Canada players have the best chance of having a breakout performance at the Olympics. [ Senshot ]

Pittsburgh Penguins Forward Pascal Dupuis underwent a successful surgery to repair his torn ACL, suffered in a collision with the boards back on December 23rd. Dupuis will miss the remainder of the season. [ Pens Labyrinth ]

I’ll finish off quick shifts with this one. If you read any article linked today, please make it this one. It’s a touching, but also very sad story out of Phoenix, about a Coyotes fan who recently lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Throughout her treatment, the Phoenix Coyotes served as a happier distraction from all of the pain and exhaustion that comes from with the fight as well as caring for someone with cancer.

This line in particular still gets me a little misty:

During the terrible five-year battle with her brain tumor, her right arm became so withered that I could really only dress her in my XXL Coyotes White Out shirts. When I’d even touch her arm, she just wailed, it was an awful sobbing wail. But, after I got it slipped on over the withered right arm, to stop her crying, I’d stand back and point at the Coyote proudly displayed on her shirt. I would tilt my head up and somehow, she would know what to do. We both, together, tilted our head back and howled ‘Awoooooo’ and she would stop crying,” Lee said.

It’s heartbreaking to read, but at the same time it shows how hockey can bring joy to someone, even in the worst of times and pain.

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