Olympic Hockey is Alive and Well
|Thursday, February 22, 2018|
Despite what some people may say, Olympic hockey is alive and well.
Competition has been fiercer than ever and the overall talent level is rising.
The United States were able to knock Canada off in the women's gold medal game last night, with the game requiring a shootout to be resolved. It was a gritty effort by both teams with back-and-forth action all game long.
The gap in competition is closing; Canada and USA have become regulars of the gold medal game but it's only a matter of time before other countries are knocking on the door.
Finland was able to claim the bronze medal in a win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia, and every time the Olympics come around, these countries, along with Sweden are competing closer and closer to the level of the Canadians and Americans.
Meanwhile in men's hockey, parity is at an all-time high.
The semi-finals see usual attendee Canada, but they'll be playing an unfamiliar foe for the part of the tournament we're at. After an upset over Sweden, Germany now has the chance to take down the hockey giant at 7:10AM (EST) tomorrow.
The other semi-final has Czech Republic taking on the Olympic Athletes from Russia, which means USA, Finland and Sweden are all out of medal contention.
Every country so far has been humble in victory and gracious in defeat. It has been a battle right down to the final whistle in seemingly every game.
We are just two years away from the "Olympics of recreational hockey", the CARHA Hockey World Cup, and this tournament sure has us excited.