Hockey Highlights From NBC’s Coverage of Day 2 of the Olympics

CNBC COVERAGE:
Women’s Ice Hockey
Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst),

MLECZKO ON THE PRESSURE OF THE CANADIANS PLAYING HOCKEY AT HOME:
“That’s something that can’t be emphasized enough, how important it is. It’s such a big deal. This stadium is almost packed. Probably mostly Canadian fans are here. They just like to watch hockey.”

GRANATO ON THE PRESSURE OF BEING HOST COUNTRY:
“These people [Canadians] really, really want to see a gold medal. They expect a gold medal. The women’s team faces a lot of pressure, and I know in Salt Lake City in 2002, when we (U.S.) were the host country, we felt that pressure. Sometimes you squeeze your stick a little bit too hard. Sometimes you want it so badly that it takes over and you can’t try to deny it. So it will be interesting to see how this team [Canada] handles it.”

CNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey:
Canada 18 vs. Slovakia 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

MLECZKO ON THE CONSTANT EXCITEMENT OF CANADIAN FANS: “This place erupted even with the 15th goal. They are excited. They have a lot of pride here.”

GRANATO LOOKING AHEAD TO THE RIVALRY OF U.S. AND CANADA: “It’s going to come between Canada and the U.S. That rivalry is heated and it’s intense. That’s what all of the hockey players want to see.”

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