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The kids are all right

The kids are all right

NCAA stars making a statement in Korea

Published 20.02.2018 13:26 GMT+10 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
The kids are all right
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 16: USA's Ryan Donato #16 celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Slovakia's Jan Laco #50 during preliminary round action at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Any time college hockey stars contribute internationally, Americans get misty-eyed about the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team that won gold in Lake Placid.

However, here at the 2018 Olympics in Korea, the new generation of NCAA forwards is proving it ain’t all about nostalgia.

Ryan Donato (Harvard), 21, leads the U.S. with two goals and an assist. Jordan Greenway (Boston University), 20, has a goal and a team-high 12 shots on goal. Troy Terry (University of Denver), 20, set up the opening power play marker in Friday’s 2-1 win over Slovakia, and has showcased his speed and creativity at every turn under head coach Tony Granato.

Before the qualification playoff we captured some thoughts from Terry and Donato.

Troy Terry

On playing against Pavel Datsyuk, whom he watched with the Detroit Red Wings as a Colorado kid

I grew up watching him. He’s such a great player. He’s fun to watch. IIt was cool to be on the ice with him. At the same time, The past games have kind of showed me that I belong here and I can be a difference-maker here.

On playing with Ryan Donato

It’s fun. He’s a great player. He’s more the shooter on our line and you saw that tonight. We can all make plays and he can finish like no else.

Ryan Donato

On the advice his father Ted Donato (a 1992 Albertville Olympian, 13-season NHLer, and current Harvard coach) gave him about the Olympics

A lot of things. He helped me a lot, obviously, along the way. But I think he just kind of said, ‘Don’t be too caught up in what happens during every game and every shift. There are a lot of highs and lows during the tournament. You’ve just got to stay focused and maintain composure. Hopefully it’ll turn out in your favor.’”

On the differences between college hockey and the Olympics

It’s a lot faster. I think there’s a lot more talent and you can rely on your teammates a lot more. It’s nice to have guys like Arco and Troy. You know where they’re going to be and they can find you with the puck. If you get open, you get a lot of chances.

On the key to the U.S.’s power play success

Getting shots. We just need to worry about getting shots to the net and creating havoc around the net and hopefully burying a couple of rebounds.


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