PREPARING FOR RUSSIA
Team USA held its last practice at the Fjallraven Center ahead of tomorrow's semifinal matchup vs. Russia.
"A USA vs. Russia game is a classic IIHF matchup and an honor to be a part of," said John Wroblewski (Nennah, Wis.), head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. "When you consider the element of the winner advancing to the gold medal game, our young men have an opportunity that they will never forget."
The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team returned to its favorite restaurant in Ornskoldsvik, Mamma Mia's. The team dined on authentic Italian pastas and pizzas, and presented the manager, Alberto, with a Team USA signed jersey.
Mamma Mia's is famous for feeding hockey players in the town of Ornskoldsvik, and associate coach Dan Hinote (Elk River, Minn.) frequented the restaurant during his time playing for MODO hockey.