The University of Denver’s hockey team, who features Team USA World Junior Championship hero Troy Terry, had an important game against Western Michigan, Friday night.
But preparation for the huge matchup got off to a rocky start when the team arrived to Kalamazoo on Thursday for practice. The team’s morning flight didn’t have enough room for all the gear so the hockey sticks were left behind.
Head Coach Jim Montgomery decided to have practice anyway. It was a site to behold.
Photo: Jayne Kamin
If there’s one thing about the Olympics (other than massive rights fees), it’s all the custom swag participants get. I’d become a cross-country sprinter if it meant getting free Russian flag skis.
But there’s a another Cap rocking another red, white, and blue: John Carlson. Seems like he’s brought his own American flag-branded sticks to the Games. I first saw these in the locker room at Verizon Center, but was unable to snap a picture before the equipment dudes packed up the gear. Now we’ve got photos of Carlson putting the sticks to work at Team USA’s practice on Tuesday.
Photo: Bruce Bennett
Alex Ovechkin‘s skates aren’t the only things looking more patriotic for the Sochi Olympics. During Monday’s practice at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Russian machine debuted brand new sticks, specially designed by Bauer to match his skates and uniform. The bottom half of the stick is boring: a simple black with Ovechkin’s number eight and the Bauer logo. The top half is where the design gets fancy.
There’s a stripe of blue, as seen in the country’s flag. Then there’s Россия, Russia written in the mother tongue, over a white background. Then the stick concludes with a bright red and the Russian coat of arms overlaid in white.
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