Sunday afternoon representatives of the U.S. men’s ice hockey team held their first press conference of the 2010 Vancouver Games. The following are highlights from the session:


GM Brian Burke, on selecting young players: "We’ve been criticized just about every place I go—why this guy is on the team, why that guy is not on the team. It’s a small wedding, folks. Twenty-three chairs at the table. That’s it. Sometimes when you’re young you really don’t know any better than to go all out. We’re pretty confident with our group."

Head Coach Ron Wilson, on the team’s goals: "We’re confident that we can do well in this tournament. Our intention is to try and win a gold medal, and we’re confident we can."

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner, on the team’s goals: "We all are here for one reason, and that’s to win a gold medal."

 

Head Coach Ron Wilson, on the biggest challenge of coaching in the Olympics: "The challenge is building chemistry in a hurry. It’s a big chemistry test. Our system will be very simplified."


Head Coach Ron Wilsonon the anticipated atmosphere: "The crowds are going to be very intense. We’re the villain up here. No one’s going to be cheering for us outside of American fans."

GM Brian Burke, on the pressure on Canada: "It’s glacial and unremitting and unrelenting. I can’t imagine how they’re going to function in this environment, but they’ll find a way I’m sure."

 

Goaltender Ryan Miller, on his approach to the Games: "I know what I’m capable of and what I can do. When I’m dialed in, I know I can stop the puck."


Defenseman Jack Johnson, on arriving in Vancouver: "It’s an honor and privilege to be here. To be able to represent my country on the biggest stage in the world is indescribable."