Five games Authentic Connor Brickley Jersey , five wins. Led by Patrick Kane, the United States has impressed so far at the ice hockey world championship in Denmark.
The U.S. opened with victory over Canada, the tournament favorite seeking a third title in four years and captained by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid
Chasing its first medal at the tournament since bronze in 2015, the 5-4 win over Canada in a penalty shootout set the pace for the U.S. in Group B, followed by victories against host Denmark (4-0), Germany (3-0), Latvia (3-2 in OT) and South Korea (13-1).
The decision to make Kane captain after a disappointing season with his Chicago Blackhawks has paid off.
The 29-year-old star forward last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and also the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs. In the meantime he won three Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
”It’s a huge honor to represent the United States of America, the greatest country in the world,” Kane said.
He has proved a leader on ice, scoring three goals and adding nine assists in the first five games at the championship.
Kane was also key to other players being keen to join the team.
”His influence was as a magnet to attract players,” U.S. general manager Bill Zito said.
The team includes game-breakers such as forwards Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, Anders Lee of the New York Islanders Nazem Kadri Jersey , Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been the team’s leading scorer at the championship with five goals.
But there’s also promising young talent, such as defenseman Quinn Hughes, a top 10 prospect in the 2018 NHL draft.
”Lot of good players, lot of young guys on this team, so it’s been a fun team to be around,” Kane said.
Kane’s Chicago teammate Alex DeBrincat, who is on the national team after scoring 28 goals in his rookie season with the Blackhawks, praised Kane’s leadership qualities.
”He wants to be the best, he’s always out there to be the best player on the ice,” DeBrincat said. ”For me, it’s taking that mentality and just using it. Everyone wants to be the best but some guys want that so much more and he’s one of those guys.”
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino have joined the team to strengthen the roster after the elimination from the NHL playoffs.
With a quarterfinal spot all but ensured, the U.S. faces Norway on Sunday and Finland on Tuesday in their remaining Group B games.
”The most important game is the next one, so we’ll look to continue improving as we get set for Norway http://www.officialknightsproshop.com/a ... unt-jersey ,” head coach Jeff Blashill said.
When Geoff Swaim glances around the film room at his fellow tight ends with the Dallas Cowboys, he doesn’t see Jason Witten anymore.
As for what’s showing on the screen, Swaim can’t help but see familiar No. 82 because the franchise leader in games was on the field nearly every snap for 15 years before his sudden retirement to go into broadcasting last month.
”Well, it’s hard to watch film and not have Witt in the film. You know what I mean?” Swaim said with a chuckle Wednesday after the final voluntary offseason practice before mandatory minicamp next week.
”I don’t know what tape you can bring up of the Cowboys in any sort of relevant way that Witt’s not on the field. It’s always him. It’s always him. It’s always him. And it’s that way for a reason.”
Swaim is the team’s oldest tight end at 24 with nine regular-season catches and 94 yards to show for his first three years in the league. That’s nine catches and 94 yards more than any of the other four – and 1,143 catches and 12,354 yards fewer than Witten, the club leader in both.
The next-oldest tight end? Rico Gathers, the former Baylor basketball standout who hadn’t played football in nearly a decade when the Cowboys drafted him two years ago. He’s 24, but four months younger than Swaim.
Next is Blake Jarwin, a second-year player who got in one game last season after the Cowboys activated him from the practice squad. Rookie Dalton Schultz, a fourth-round pick in April, was 6 when the Cowboys drafted Witten in 2003. The fifth tight end is undrafted rookie David Wells.
”Everybody has to start a game at some point in time, or play a first play at some point in time Ryan Johansen Jersey ,” new tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier said. ”I don’t look at it as a negative.”
The Cowboys had some experience besides Witten after last season, but James Hanna beat the 11-time Pro Bowl player to retirement by a couple of weeks. The 28-year-old Hanna had persistent knee issues.
The player most likely to do a double take was Swaim, a seventh-round pick out of Texas in 2015. In a matter of days, he went from understudy still building his resume to the only Dallas tight end with one.
”It was sort of overnight,” Swaim said. ”But again you have to adjust and move on. That’s how everyone approached it, `Wow, OK, here’s what’s in front of us now.’ It doesn’t do me any good to look in the past. It doesn’t do me any good to go, `What’s going on?”’
Gathers missed all of last season with a concussion after an impressive preseason that raised hopes about his development. It was a significant setback for someone with little football background who chose the NFL over the NBA because he thought it was his best shot at a pro career.
Now, though, Witten’s retirement has left the position wide open for the 6-foot-8, 285-pound Gathers, who hasn’t played in the regular season yet.
”There’s really no major opportunity to really do anything of growth from as far as expecting to play Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey , expecting to take snaps from him because he’s not supposed to let that happen,” Gather said. ”It opens up windows for everybody to be able to come in and prove themselves.”
Schultz, who played at Stanford, saw reports of Witten drawing interest from the networks the way longtime friend and teammate Tony Romo did a year earlier when the former Cowboys quarterback decided to retire rather than play for another team after losing his job to Dak Prescott.
It’s only natural for draft prospects to ponder the idea of replacing a franchise icon such as Witten, who was days from turning 36 when he retired. It just doesn’t get much past the pondering.
”It’s all speculation, right?” Schultz said. ”I think people try to do their best at like, hey, there’s a potential fit. But in reality, you’re going to go to whoever you’re going to go and that’s just how it’s going to be.”
Now the question is who says how it’s going to be in the tight end room for the Cowboys. And if anyone says it’s automatically Swaim, he would disagree. He has a new favorite word for how that leadership grows: organic.
”We’re figuring things out together,” Swaim said. ”There’s no need for me to be in there yelling at somebody who’s a year younger than me. That doesn’t make sense. That wouldn’t be right.”
Just as it doesn’t seem right for him to glance around the room and not see Witten.
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