The U.S. returned to the ice this morning for its fourth practice. It was the first time Team USA skated on the secondary rink at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The players walked from their lockerroom through the hallways of the GHC and passed every other team’s lockerroom until going outside across a short breezeway to the practice rink.
Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization’s International Council arrived last night and is here for the duration of the Olympics. He took in Team USA’s practice today.
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team coaching staff was among those at today’s practice, including head coach Robb Stauber and assistant coaches Brett Strot and Paul Mara. The NBC hockey broadcast team was also in attendance, including Kenny Albert, Gord Miller, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire, Brian Boucher, Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.
After practice, the team returned to the athlete’s village for lunch and then jumped on a bus to head up to the mountains and the main press center for a press conference and media availability. All 25 players and the entire coaching staff participated. The formal press conference included head coach Tony Granato and players Brian Gionta, Ryan Zapolski, Marc Arcobello and Matt Gilroy. Following the 30-minute press conference, all players and coaches were spread around the room for a 40-minute media availability session. Troy Terry turned out to be a favorite of the volunteers and he took many pictures with various members of the staff following the formal proceedings.
The day concluded with a team dinner at a local restaurant that was enjoyed by all. Among the offerings, some of the best chicken fingers found anywhere.